By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
2008 CAF champions League finalist Sebastian Nzana Kana in an exclusive outing has revealed utter frustration at the way football is being run in Cameroon.
It is no secret that Cameroon club football on the African continent is somewhat disappearing from the scene, with the so called ‘small’ countries becoming even more relevant in the discussion.
Like an adverse effect to this deep, Cameroon lost her other two immunity spots on the African scene some three seasons back, as they now have just two teams to showforth in the CAF African Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Sebastian Nzana, one of the more experienced player’s who donned the colours of Cotonsport, Mt. Cameroon, Canon and Union of Douala has frowned at this persistent decline continuously.
Speaking to kick442.com, the 2003 All African Games winner aired: “the stakeholders of these clubs have to look higher. The first thing is to put in place dispositions. When the means is not there, you cannot get the best players”.
“60 percent of our very best footballers find themselves in the quarters. You play football for 2 to 3 years and they say you are old. Once a player demands for his salary, he is causing trouble. We have to get courses for some of these football stakeholders. Players play in Tanzania and touch over 10 million a month. In Cameroon, to get 50 thousands is a whole lot of problem”.
“When there’s a tag of professional football, players need to recieve their salaries. Cameroon should be paving the way. Clubs like Cotonsport, Canon and Union should be offering cars when players pen down deals there,” the five time Elite One Champion ended.
Cotonsport of Garoua was the last club in Cameroon to make the group stage of a CAF competition. That achievement came some 3 years back, but even at the time of this write-up, Cotonsport are scaring at a scary prospect of missing out of the Continental jamboree for the second time in a row.
In the last two seasons, New Stars, Stade Renard, UMS and Cotonsport failed in their quest’ to secure a group stage spot as Cameroon’s ambassadors on the continent.
The performances of clubs from Cameroon in the last two decades or so, is a star contrast to what obtained in the 1900s.
Cameroon courtesy of Canon Yaounde, Union Douala, Oryx of Douala and Tonnerre Kalara club won the tropy 8 times
However, the latest triumph for any cameroon club in a CAF club competition came as way back as 1975.
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