By Nji Nelson Chefor
Sports Writer, kick442.com Cameroon
It is no longer news that for the past months, football authorities in Cameroon have been involved in a series of disagreements that plunged what many consider as a unifying factor into jeopardy. The brouhaha has seen football instead of returning to the pitches now being played in courts, offices. Cameroon’s Football authorities are now experts in issuing Press Releases and counter Press Releases. All these constant fighting has made the players who are the main actors to suffer the consequences.
To think that these players have not had any competitive football match since March 2020 when football was suspended in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic is worrying. No match bonuses, no salaries, nothing to ride home with.
Most of these players now live at the mercy of their club presidents who gives them allowances when they like. Let’s not even talk about those who have gone for all these months without a dime from their club presidents.
For how long will these players continue to pay the price for an issue they didn’t create. Why can these football officials not put aside their greed and differences and allow these players enjoy what they have chosen as a profession?
To think that the Cameroon Professional Football League and the Cameroon Football Federation, two organs with the responsibility of managing our football are at the origin of this brouhaha is a story of another day.
With Cameroon preparing to host the Africa Nations Championship, CHAN, in January 2021, there’s absolute need for these players to get back to the pitches and play football. Come to think of it, how will these players be on top form to get into that competition on home soil without a domestic championship?
Let’s all stop pointing accusing fingers to one another, let’s keep aside our greed, ego and allow these players practice their profession.
Recently, a communique purportedly from the Association of Amateur Football Clubs, with it’s French acronym, ACFAC, made rounds on social media apportioning its own blame to one party. It’s even a disgrace to think that, majority of the members of this association are members of FECAFOOT’s General Assembly and recently, they voted overwhelmingly the recent resolutions of the football governing body during their General Assembly. Sadly, they are now complaining.
Nobody, I mean nobody thinks of the main actors, the footballers.
Euphoria had gripped the football loving population of the country when the league was earlier announced to resume on September 26, 2020. However, it was postponed as usual.
Let’s remain hopeful that things will get better in the days ahead for football to leave the courts and offices and return to the pitches.
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