By Basil Afoni
The Cameroon Professional Football League that started some few weeks ago has witnessed some rough and exciting moments from after nine days of play.
The league which many believed was going to witness some changes was first marred by the boycott of the game pitting Coton Sport of Garoua against Douala Athletic Club. In this encounter, both teams did not show up for the game basing their arguments on the fact that they were informed late about the game.
On a positive note, on Day 5, the match between Union of Douala against Bamboutous of Mbouda, a circa FCFA 7M was collected as gate fee a situation which the league has not experienced for over decades now.
Also, the support and the ambiance displayed by the Bamboutous supporters have help to rekindle the once displayed spirit of the league some years back.
Pierre Wome Nlend Humiliated
For a high profile player like Wome, it has being a sad year for the two times African Nations Cup winner. The former Canon player had to leave Canon for UMS of Loum after falling out with some executives.
This move, however, put Wome in a worse position as he was not able to get regular playing time in his new club UMS of Loum.
This decision was not taken lightly by the President of theUnionMovementsSportsLoumwho claims FCFA200 millionin damagesfromPierreWome,revealsCamfoot.com.
The President decides to sue Wome. The case wassubmitted to the dispute Commissionof theCameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT.
Pending theverdictof the federation, the former Romaplayer, started withRenaissanceFC of Ngoumou on a bad note as the New Stars humiliated Renaissance 4-0 .
On his part, 2000 Olympic gold medallist, Nicolas Alnoudji was signed by Bamboutous of Mbouda in order to help fortify their midfield.
With just 9 days of play already gone, the dire need for teams to conquer has been shown in the way they axed coaches due to poor results.
It was a difficult situation to resolve when some officials of Bamboutous of Mbouda recruited Serbian tactician Vladan Tomic who was earlier sacked from Douala to work with the clubs head coach Gérard Mbimi.
Many believed that the co-existence between the two will not be easy and as such, Bamboutous fans remained sceptical.
Meanwhile, due to infighting that has resulted to poor results, Canon of Yaounde head coach Bertin Ebwelé had to resign citing his reason as lack of a conducive working environment.
“I submitted my resignation given the current climate surrounding the club and all that preceded my decision…to the overall plan of the structure.Two groups of people in the same office who compete and do not get along, it makes the job of the coach failed.Energies are dispersed in battle. Players are assigned office, especially the former. So I thought I must preserve my reputation and my safety by resigning.” Bertin Ebwelle explained.
Meanwhile, Union sports movements (Ums) of Loum also fired coach Engelbert Mbarga after the club’s poor results.
According to the deputy chairman of the club, François Ngankam, Mbarga’s sacking is as a result of the dispute between Wome and the club preside
Clubs In Crises
It is a bad year for the legendary Canon of Yaoundé whose in-house unrest has dropped them to the last position on the classification table with just 3 points in 9 games.
The problem as to who heads the club as president has seen the Kpa-Kum boys put on the worst performance in the club history.
Also, the players of Union of Douala had to go on strike after they were lambasted by their coach for putting on a poor performance.
It was also same with the players of Bamboutous of Mbouda who refused to train demanding that their bonuses be paid before they could resume training.
Lastly, it was the case of the players of Union of Douala who boycotted training in order to demand for their unpaid salaries.
With just a few matches already played, the league this year seems to be a heated one as clubs are bent on making it to the top.
This year also saw the inclusion of four foreign coaches a situation which the league has never witnessed.