By Basil K Mbuye
The Cameroon Football Association, FECAFOOT, will be extending support to amateur clubs days after announcing support to Elite 1 and 2, Women’s League clubs and their coaches.
This was made known in an interview granted to the State daily tabloid, Cameroon Tribune, by the FECAFOOT President, Seidou Mbombo Njoya.
Hear him: “FECAFOOT also plans to provide support to amateur footballers, particularly in our Regional and Divisional Leagues. These are the essential players in our football. Consultations are underway and will continue this week to determine the terms of support that FECAFOOT will provide to players in our decentralised leagues. With the support of the Samuel Eto’o Foundation, we will be supporting with health protection kits and foodstuffs.”
Critics had earlier on chastised the federation for ignoring amateur clubs whom they believe are the most important part of the country’s football.
This was after FECAFOOT had, on Friday, April 17, announced that it will be offering a special financial package to players and coaches of top-flight leagues in the country.
This special financial package will be offered to 25 players and staff of each of the Elite One and Two clubs plus 20 players and staff of each of the clubs in the Women’s League. This brings to total some 1040 personnel that will benefit from the gesture.
The gesture which is said to cost circa FCFA 40 million sent tongues wagging as to why the amateur leagues were sidelined.
Going by President Mbombo Njoya, this dream was realised thanks to the federation’s partners like Orange Cameroun, Brasseries du Cameroun and Le Coq Sportif who kept their commitments.
Talking about how these players and coaches will receive their share of the special financial gift, the FECAFOOT boss said payment will be done via Mobile Money after clubs have submitted a list of 25 players each with their details.
As to the future of the championships that were suspended since March, Mbombo Njoya said the top priority now is to fight the coronavirus pandemic.