Nicolas Alnoudji speaking from Garoua Photo Credit:RFI

By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon


An important piece of that 2000 – 2002 indomitable Lions’ jigsaw – supposedly tagged Cameroon’s golden generation, Nicolas Alnoudji, has slammed the way football is managed in his native Cameroon.

Cameroon’s Elite One and Two are nothing to ride home about for almost a decade since they were baptized as so called professional championships.

Despite having upped their game in the domain of sports infrastructure and other aspects, key actors of ‘the beautiful game’ in Cameroon have been on the receiving end of poor management from those pulling the strings.

There are few better placed than midfield metronome Nicolas Alnoudji to give his view on the issue, as he played for local clubs back home before embarking on his world tour of 12 clubs.

“They (Club presidents) think they’re doing our footballers a favour. These young footballers already have families and just need a push. The lads need motivation to give their best,” Alnoudji told kick442.com.

“For the those running the show, if you promise 20 thousands CFA francs at the end of every month, ensure your promise is fulfilled. Whether they have poor performances or win games, the players need the money.

“Today we have good infrastructure. All the stakeholders need to do, is to accompany these with regular the payment of players’ salaries,” the 2002 AFCON winner advised club presidents.

After frowning at the level of amateurism in Cameroon’s top flight, the 41-year-old also had a few words for the current generation of footballers.

“For our footballers, professional football is not stepping out of the country. Professionalism starts back at home when you are disciplined, and living the right way.

“You all are professionals, you mustn’t not go abroad to become one,” the one-time Bamboutos of Mbouda midfielder stated.

Nicolas Alnoudji played for two top-tier sides in Cameroon, including two spells with his boyhood club Cotonsport of Garoua.

After enjoying a successful career, Alnoudji is savoring his post career somewhere in the North region of Cameroon.


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