Stade Renard of Melong were crowned winners of the 60th edition of the Cameroon cup, and the team’s long wait for success was finally achieved. As the team celebrates their first major accolade in their over eight decades of existence, it is imperative for us to trace back the team’s rollercoaster history.
Stade Renard came into existence in the early 1960s, known then as Stade Melong. After spending many years in the countries top tier, the team will then disappear from the scene for decades, and only started making their way back in the 2011 season, when the name of the club changed from Stade Melong, to Stade Renard of Melong.
The team was then placed under the leadership of Jean Kuete as president. The team spent just one year in the Mungo divisional League, where they picked qualifications for the Littoral regional League during the 2012/2013 season. Their two years stay in the Littoral regional League, saw them emerge as champions and Representatives of the Littoral region, in the national interpools in 2015. During the interpools, they picked one of the three available tickets for the league two Championship.
With just one season spent in the league two, they qualified for the league one championship alongside Feutcheu FC and Colombe Dja. They made their debut in the elite one as Stade Renard of Melong, in the 2016/2017 season,and finished 5th with 50 points recorded in 34 encounters, were they had 11 wins, 17 draws, six defeats and scored 26 goals, conceding 22.
The 2018 Campaign was a difficult one for Stade Renard, as they narrowly escaped relegation. They ended that campaign on the 14th position, with 42 points,just two points above the relegation Zone.
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Then came 2019 season, a history making moment for Stade Renard. Not only did they finish in the top five in the league one championship, but Coach Aboubakar Souleymanou and his boys clinched the long awaited Cameroon cup trophy. Stade Renard’s long wait for a major accolade can only be likened to the patient dog eating the fattest bone, but Stade Renard’s version was accompanied by some hard work, determination and investment.