Cameroon National Football Academy, ANAFOOT, has swung into action in what many see as a resolve to side track earlier criticism that its creation was just another smokescreen to shield incompetent management of football in the country. This justifies why Carl Enow Ngashu, General Manager of the Cameroon National Football Academy, ANAFOOT, has had to commission to office Nicolas Asongu and Nlend Emmay as the academy’s head and deputy in the Southwest Region respectively.
The event which took place at the Governor’s office in Buea designates, Physical Education instructor, Nicolas Asongu and assistant coach of Southwest amateur club, Maumu Youths, Nlend Emmay in charge of scouting young players below age 13 for ANAFOOT.
Created seven years ago to professionalize football in Cameroon, ANAFOOT only came to life on May 24, 2017 through a Presidential decree that appointed Board Chair, Issa Hayatou and General Manager, Carl Enow Ngatchu.
The General Manager told The Rambler that the institution has a working plan. “We are about to start our activities. Immediately after the training of our Regional representatives we shall launch our football activities in the Regions. We need 50 players, 25 girls and 25 boys below the age 13 from each Region and that will be 500 from the 10 Regions. The youngsters will be selected by experts and only 50 of them will be at ANAFOOT in Yaoundé,” said Enow Ngatchu.
ANAFOOT’s establishment is expected to revive the hay days of Cameroon football by cultivating talents and good football practices.
No doubt it was created in 2010 by Cameroon’s president after the Indomitable Lions shamefully bowed out of the group stage of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa with no point.
By Ekonde Daniel
*UB Journalism Student