By DEWAH Fabrice TEH /AFESEH Apong
Sports writer, Kick442.Com-Cameroon
The Secretary General of the Cameroon Women’s Football League, LFFC says most stakeholders involved in the management of women’s club football in the country are now dedicated to ensure the development of the domain in Cameroon.
In an exclusive interview granted to Kick442.Com on Tuesday October 05, 2021 while giving a balance sheet of the recently closed 2020/2021 season in Cameroon, Mme Pauline Therese Manguele declared that the women’s sports has witnessed great improvements in the country.
These feats, she reiterated, are testimonies of the level of engagement authorities like club presidents and sponsors have shown on the women’s game in the country of recent.
“We saw how they was competitiveness this season. It signifies that authorities like club presidents and sponsors have taken the engagement to do better now.
They are engaged are investing in the development of women’s football.
The league too is involved in the better organization of the game in the category.” Manguelle partly said.
These improvements and developments, she continued, are made more visible by the coming to limelight of numerous clubs who challenged for the title and put an end to the near monopoly formerly enjoyed by the likes of 2019 Champions, Louves Minproff.
“We are promoting the development of women’s football in Cameroon because formerly we only had two teams in AS FAP and Louves Minproff both of Yaounde.
Now we have teams that are coming up and more engaging like AWA who are champions of Cameroon for the 2020/2021 season.”
Impressive numerical balance sheet
The SG equally gave a balance sheet of the season, revealing that over 132 games were staged during the 2020/2021 championship in the country among them, 22 Top Matches.
She also declared that the season witnessed a high level of competition in the young project of the women’s second division in Cameroon referring to last year’s season as a great success in spite of challenges faced.
“We had 330 matches for 84 teams in the Second Division. It was a well filled year in terms of success in the organization of our competitions despite some organizational difficulties”
Great prospects for next season
The SG also declared that the upcoming season will experience massive improvements to ensure the further development and professionalization of the domain in Cameroon, citing the amelioration of players pay packages as one of the targeted sectors which according to her, will contribute in retaining the leagues finest talents in the local league and attract foreign based ones to the championship.
“With Guinness, we are going to increase what players receive as payments which is a sign that we are entering into semi professionalization so far as women’s football is concerned.
Many players will return home because rumors reaching us suggests players who go abroad don’t receive huge salaries, so what’s the need to go to Europe to receive 150 thousand FCFA instead of taking home 50 thousand and remaining with your family.?” She asked rhetorically.
The SG also confirmed that the Second Division which held games at the regional levels for the first time last season since the arrival of the women’s game in the country, will be given more attention in the upcoming season.
More sponsors, she said, will as well be expected to partner with the league next term.
Coaches’ issue addressed.
Responding to questions relating to the minimal use of coaches from the Guinness Super League for national team roles, the football administrator cited the insufficiency of women’s national team categories as one of the main factor hindering the usages of these tacticians.
“We don’t have many teams. They are 12 clubs in the Guinness Super League. We cannot use all the coaches. We can only select while looking at the performances of coaches with their teams. We don’t just take them, we take the best maybe coaches like those of FAP and AWA who have brought the results. She concluded.
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