Cameroonian footballers don’t inspire the greatest European clubs anymore. The situation is relentless. Since the opening of the transfer window, fans of the Cameroonian football powerlessly observe the Indomitable Lions transactions in the old continent. The amounts of transactions between the old and new employers are sometimes pathetic that we dare not to reveal. And this situation that has lasted more than a decade, is not without consequences for the activities of Cameroonian players agents.
“We have many difficulties now with players that come from Cameroon” confesses Michel Tadoun. This agent and player consultant based in Germany, believes that this lack of confidence increased more towards compatriots and young colleagues of Samuel Eto’o and Roger Milla, is as a result of two things.
First, the state of form of the national team. Formerly eminent showcase for the Cameroon football, the national team is losing momentum.
After its last African Cup of Nations (AFCON) won in Mali in 2002, the team has been through a long period of scarcity. Worse, this period was marked in particular by absences in some big important meetings; including the AFCON 2012 co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, as well as the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Far from contributing to boost the image of Cameroonian football, qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and 2014 rather contributed to blacken its image. Not only because of a pitiful performance but also due to unsavory behavior in a sports arena.
“The national football team of Cameroon often exited its last international competitions via the back door. So they must reconnect with victories in competitions to give credit to players, ” analyses Michel Tadoun, for whom, we must especially “inject younger players as many as possible“.
The second reason for the lack of appeal of Cameroonian footballers is because of the training at the ground level. “For ten years, there has been no actual outcomes among the youths. The latest title the younger teams won dates back in 2003, it’s been 13 years. So you understand that we must go to work at the base and empower youth teams; and organizing tournaments with the best, “adds Michel Tadoun. “But right now there is nothing in that sense, and it’s a shame,” he laments.