By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Mt. Cameroon Football Club is one amidst several clubs in Cameroon that practiced professionalism in every aspect – back in the days, but currently, the club is barely in existence at the amateurish level.
Former captain and hall of famer Sebastian Nzana recently recounted on kick442.com that he has never donned the jersey for another side like Mt. Cameroon FC.
‘I didn’t play for another club like mount cameroon. In 2001 Mount cameroon already started paying via banks. We couldn’t hear rumours of players not being paid. It was a good adventure and I learned a lot from there,’ Nzana ended
Sebastian Nzana was comfortable that terms for discussion to another club cost them some huge bucks.
‘When I was at Mt. Cameroon, and had to discuss terms with Canon, my transfer fee was 200 thousands.’
In exchanges with Mt. Cameroon’s former big wigs, this reporter gathered that several cooperative unions were used to make life a joy to then players of the Lava Boys.
Mt. Cameroon FC for starters is a historic club located in the south coast of the country.
Founded in the late 1900’s precisely in 1997 by Hon. Calvin Founding, Mt. Cameroon FC of Buea reached the summit of football in the country before sliding through to the lower ranks after close to a decade and five years.
Mt. Cameroon FC secured the Cameroon cup in 2002 before following that up with Cameroon’s cup winners cup in 2003, a good enough medal table for a club that hadn’t been around for long.
The club that ‘once upon a time’ acted as a reservoir for the nation with players like: Sebastian Nzana, Enoh Eyong, Charley Fomen, Valentine Atem, and Elvis Mokake to name a few – had two CAF participations under their belt (2003, 2008).
Anything like the carbon copy of the early days will be welcomed now at the club.
Mt Cameroon FC is currently out of funds and out of site due to the prevailing socio-political instability in that part of the nation.
Coached by former player and skipper – Mutia Jonathan, Mt. Cameroon have only managed to keep pace with the southwest regional championship (third-tier), and the prospect of heading back to the big time is simply unrealistic these days.
Pitted against the likes of Buea United, EEMSA, Continental F.A. and CUSA, Mt. Cameroon was found wanting. The same scenario repeated itself in the abruptly ended campaign as Mt. Cameroon was left rock bottom with one point pitted against: CINYODEV, CUSA and U.B.F.C.
The legendary club can take a spare of thought from recently crowned Elite One champions PWD of Bamenda who were out for perhaps a longer time, but have come back with a bang.
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