By Basil K Mbuye
The 2020/2021 season of the Regional and Divisional Championships have been announced to open on November 7 and 14, respectively.
A press release from the country’s football governing body, Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, made public the information. This was also reiterated by the Southwest FECAFOOT Bureau in a document signed by its Secretary General, Sylvester Esowe Muambo.
It also invites all Secretaries or Team Managers of Regional League clubs and Divisional League Presidents or secretaries to a very important meeting today, Friday, September 25.
Clubs have been urged to register their players into the system known as FIFA Connect ahead of the new season.
The Regional and Divisional Leagues were, last year, terminated with the clubs bearing the burden. However, many pundits have criticised the fact that these amateur league Presidents suffer a greater part of the consequences. This is because little or no compensation is given to these Presidents. In 2017, the season was cancelled. It was the same scenario last season.
Observers have lamented the poor treatment received by clubs in the amateur leagues. Despite the fact that they are the nursery for Professional League clubs and the foundation to the country’s football, they are treated poorly.
For the Southwest Region, the cancellation of two Regional League seasons in a space of five years has extended their wait for an Elite club in the Region.
The last elite club in the Region was Njalla Quan Sports Academy, NQSA, that was relegated in 2016.