CAF cups: Our Teams Failed Because Of Poor Organisation. Raymond Elume

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The sudden elimination of Cameroonian teams from CAF Total Champions League and Confederation Cup has remain a point of discussion in the country with several reasons being pointed as to why Eding FC and New Stars bowed out shameful from the prestigious competition. in a chat with Rymond Elume, Sport Analyst in Yaounde, he said poor organisation and inadequate preparations made them leave the competition without noise.

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What do you think is responsible for the untimely elimination of Cameroonian teams from the CAF continental competitions?

So many things account for the shameful elimination of Cameroonian teams from the continental competitions. First, the failure of the championship to begin on time made them to have inadequate preparation compared to their opponents. It is true other teams qualified with the same fate as our teams but our organisational problems also contributed heavily to their failure. News Stars of Douala during their return leg travelled in segments. This led to no adequate time for players to prepare for the match. The same could be said of Eding FC. Let also not forget that these teams were not treated as national teams in accordance with the degree that was signed by the President in 2011. We didn’t see that, so we could not expect them to perform well. Lastlymisunderstandings in some teams also made things difficult putting the teams on the line.

What about Eding FC of Yaounde that recruited heavily ahead of the competition?

Recruiting players in football is not like an electricity switch in which you will put it on and expect the light to shine immediately or for instant results. The staff did their job but lack of cohesion in the team made things difficult for the champions of Cameroon. Seriously, that was the same problem they faced in Nigeria, no team cohesion. For team cohesion to have been, each player needed to have been there for nearly two years to at least understand their playing style. I think Eding by reinforcing their playing staff, they were looking towards other competitions like finishing again top of the championship as well as the Cup of Cameroon since they will be closely watch as well as etra-motivation from new players to keep the club moving.

Do you think the elimination of these teams is an indication that Cameroon’s football is a shadow of itself?

Definitely yes because since Cotonsport made us proud in 2009, no Cameroonian team has move towards making us happy. It has not happened for a very long period of time telling us that structurally, fundamentally, our football is really having a problem and surely sick. Look at the African Nation Championship that ended in Morocco of recent with Cameroon eliminated in the first round. The team could not even win a single match. It is quite shameful that we have not seen the product of our championship perform in high spirit like others in different countries. From the way our teams performed in the CAF competition, am sure if we go by co-efficient, we are not sure that we will still send two teams next year.

What do you think can be done to remedy the situation and bring back the glorious days of the yesteryears?

We should go back to training and development. There was a time in this country that we had real football discussion where all stakeholders came on board and I think it is high time such a discussion takes place. If we look at Cameroonian teams in the early 80s and 90s, we could call names like Thomas Kono, Dr. Abega and others who at that time were African football class but we don’t see that. Players in Eding FC I think don’t have that level and if we go back to training and development, we will be able to monitor and bring up players which we know can compete at that particular level. That is what successful African countries are doing. In other countries we have a lot of players that can play for their national team but in our championship, I don’t think we have players who are illegible to be even starters. We need to go back to training and development and prepare players of tomorrow.

Does our championship need organisation to boast the moral of teams participating in continental competitions?

For sure, our championship need to be organized especially in coming out with a calendar long enough to give these teams time to prepare. Going for a competition that you are not prepared fully is very dangerous. The league need to outline itself with CAF’s calendar given that championships are expected to end in June. Moreover, we need to visit the issue of changing our football calendar just because we are waiting for our president to come and closed the championship. We don’t have time.

Interviewed by Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

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