The former coach of the Indomitable Lions talks of ingratitude.
The general public knows Jean-Paul Akono as former coach of the Indomitable Lions, the coach who in 2000 in Sydney offered Cameroon’s sole Olympic gold medal. But what people know less is that the former player of the Canon of Yaounde was the first coach of the Indomitable Lionesses.
Guest on 1 October 2016 of the weekly sports program of the urban radio Royal FM in Yaounde, the current deputy national technical director reminded those who had forgotten and informed those who do not know he is one of the key actors to the creation of the women’s national team of Cameroon.
“People seem to forget that it was I who created the Women National Team,” said Akono. “Magnuson” as he is affectionately called, was reacting to news related to the organization by Cameroon of the Women Africa Cup of Nations (November 19-December 3).
The technician said he was surprised at the fact that he was not invited to the ceremony of the draw of that competition, which took place on 18 September in the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex. “I was the first coach of the Indomitable Lionesses, but I have not even been invited to the draw ceremony,” said Jean-Paul Akono, overall disappointed with the quality of the organization of the competition’s advertisements.
Reached by telephone after the program by the website Cameroon-Info.Net, Akono returned to the circumstances of the creation of the Indomitable Lionesses. “In early 1990, the former Minister Yaou Aissatou asked me and the former president of the Women’s Football Committee of FECAFOOT to establish a women’s team. What I did. In this group, there was Henriette Nzepang (Team Manager of the U17 Lionesses, Ed). I started a group and we played a match abroad, “he explained.