By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
22-year-old AS Fortuna defender center back Zacharie Ndongo Foe has opened up on the early troubles of his club in the Cameroon elite one Championship.
Considered one of the “giant killers” in their time in the Cameroon top-flight Championship,Fortuna lost their class in the first round this campaign.
The club experienced their worst run of results in their time in league one when they went on a 10 games without a win this season.
Ndongo Foe sat down with the kick442.com team on Sunday and found no difficulties in identifying his club’s problems earlier this season.
“We had an incomplete preparation for the season current season,that made life difficult for us especially at the start. They were games we finished on our knees. At some point in time the technical staff had to sit with some players who were not fit. They decided to work on this aspects and that made the difference. That’s how we recovered our winning touch though it was inconsistent”.
Fortuna’s match day 13 one nil victory against Canon was newsworthy because it took over two months of football to get that win. Unfortunately the result didn’t change the club’s situation as they were rooted in the bottom of the 18-clubs championship after the win.
Despite the quality in the team,Thierry Akono Akono Alain and his mates struggled. By the end of the month of February the club’s management led by president Roger Noah lost patience in long serving coach Simplice Njiki.
Guy Djiepnang came in as his replacement almost immediately with a task of putting his experience to the fold for the survival of the club, and why not extend their three-year stay in league one.
The Simplice-effect was felt almost immediately. The club went on a four games unbeaten run with 10 points from a possible 12 points having scored 13 goals and conceded just two in that time.
Ndongo Foe thinks the result wasn’t a fluke and reflects the caliber of players on the books of the club.
“Like I said earlier, we struggled because of poor preparations, when coach Guy came in, he polished our group and the results followed”: Ndongo stated.
Unfortunately for Foe and his colleagues, the outbreak of the CoronaVirus pandemic ended their wonderful ride as football authorities in Cameroon ordered for the indefinite suspension of the season.
Despite the inactivity, he find times to relax with colleagues in amateur football matches.
“There is no competitive football at the moment,I just stay home, but catch fun with friends in mini football games around our neighborhood. It is not easy, but we respect the directives and hope for a quick return to the field”
It has been a difficult season for the 2018 Cameroon League One winner but he takes the positives from switching from a title winning Cotonsport side to a relegation threatened Fortuna.
Having featured in 20 games this season,the versatile defender counts three assists, Somewhat satisfactory season.
“I have partial satisfaction, but I know I could have given more. For now we hope to resume and finish the season strongly then see what the future holds”:
The former Under-20 international will certainly attract interest from home and abroad at the end of the current campaign.
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