The League 1 and 2 in Cameroon was declared professional under the guidance of LFPC over half-dozen years ago.
Professionalismdoes not only depend on the jerseys, boot’s, colour or attraction of the league, but there are other ‘petite’ informations that count.
Talking professionalism is comparing with some of the big guns right up there when it comes to club football the likes of The ABSA premiership of South Africa, and the Botola of Morocco,NPFL of Nigeria just to name a few.
With the above names mentioned, journalist, be it writers, reporters or commentators have their match sheets Online, so they can work at their comfort. The match sheets provides that little information that a fan wouldn’t have, like the name’s of players, the starting 11 and their numbers, the complete substitutes of the teams, and the match officials.
A process must start gradually, so the League is not forced to jump into providing team sheets online, but if the match sheets are to be brought to the field then it shouldn’t be just 1 only for the fourth officials; Reporters have no choice but to strain and copy out names on papers, thus misusing time that would have been used for pre-game concentration.
As an actor on the ground, some team sheets if even available provide unreliable information. Time is not really taken to construct a picture perfect team sheet, and as such individuals doing commentaries easily cases mistaken identities especially for not familiar with the players; if a reporter that is present in the scene mistakes identity, then imagine the situation of the others expecting from him or her? The process just becomes really tedious, especially as many rely on information from actors in the field.
Little data should not be overlooked for bigger glory, as we have a lot to do still, at the floor stages before aiming for paradise.
Recent findings have it that some Stadia never have the media copy of the Players lists,the Ngeme Main Stadium is a main example as officials have a permanent excuse; “We don’t have a place to multiply the copies for the media”
In OFTA’s first League 2 game this season in Kribi a very strange paper was in circulation in Kribi and was the only source of players data for Journalists.
Last weekend,top flight side, Unisport of Bafang also made available a very funny paper to reporters who covered the YOSA vs Unisport game.
This is happening at a time when clubs in neighbouring countries are doing better with good match documents and aiding with other platforms to ensure coverage gets better.
If reporters must accompany LFPC in ensuring the growth of this championship then the League must instruct their envoys in the different Stadia to use the resources available to provide this basic aids to reporters.