By Giovanni Wanneh
Sports Writer, kick442.com Cameroon
Affiliates, players and Southwest regional championship stakeholders were lined up at the Southwest FECAFOOT bureau on Thursday 13, for their various FECAFOOT Covid-19 packages, but household names: Buea United and Option Sports were out for perhaps obvious reasons.
The handwriting wasn’t only all over the wall, but on the doors and windows as well, when a group of Southwest club Presidents petitioned FECAFOOT to a queue of demands, few weeks after the regional championship was abruptly ended.
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Led by President Neba Henry of Options Sports, demands were listed by Southwest regional Club presidents for FECAFOOT to follow.
Talking to this reporter in the month of May, President Kadji Valery and Neba Henry stirred their ideas towards one direction; waiting on FECAFOOT to acknowledge the fact that regional league Presidents exist, and equally spend.
FECAFOOT run leagues were ended in the month of march, but PWD, Louves and Astres FC were all crowned champions of different categories. Same cannot be said for the regional championship.
In fact, president Neba Henry was staggered that at a point, an initiative of few individuals baptized B.O.N.E, launched in April, equaled or did more than what the federation was ready to do in perilous times.
BONE, which represented: Buea United, Options Sports Academy, Nkamanyi FI Kumba and EEMSA Tiko have put resources together and distributed items to to footballers and other actors in Tiko, Buea, Limbe and Kumba around mid-April.
President Neba Henry Of Option Sports equally decried the fact that he could not invite players from far, to come collect stuff considered insignificant.
President Ndive Thomas in his intervention when thrown a question on the conspicuous absences, said: ‘maybe majority of the club presidents did not have the information. Some club presidents wrote about their disgruntlements to the national bureau, which is only fair,’ FECAFOOT’s bureau boss mentioned.
‘But the only issue is the time duration. You complain and wait for a reaction. The Club presidents complained and took matters in their own hands,’ ended Ndive Thomas.
Twenty registered players from each team was entitled to oil, cans of sardines, and 5kgs of rice each. It was considered as a day’s food to some, and ‘heaven’ on earth to others who could not seize appreciating.
This comes in as a strong statement of intent. Abruptly ending the regional championships without any directive is reoccurring. Back in 2017, same feet occurred, dampening the zeal of then, high flying Maumu Youths and Victoria United, whose management seems not the same again.
Without a doubt these presidents spend huge bucks, but like Dr Ndive Thomas opined, there might be a better way of going about it.
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