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Cameroon – ANAFOOT: Issa Hayatou and Carl Enwo Ngachu appointed to lead an empty shell, a ghost school.

Written by Deckson N.

Profiles and missions of the first historical leaders of the National Football Academy (ANAFOOT). A ghost school!

Issa Hayatou, aged 71, is a former accomplished athlete who has shone during his career in at least three disciplines. Reconverted in his leadership, the Prince of Garoua, for more than 35 years of practice at FECAFOOT, CAF, FIFA and the International Olympic Committee, has done remarkable work for the development of football in Africa, a work recognized and hailed all over the world. Paul Biya has appointed a worthy ambassador from Cameroon, who will be the President of the Board of ANAFOOT (National Football Academy) on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Issa Hayatou was resurrected after a humiliating failure in the last presidential election at the CAF.

At the sides of Issa Hayatou, there is Carl Enwo Ngachu, appointed by the President of the Republic, as Director General of ANAFOOT. Carl Enow, 42, is also a former footballer, former champion of Cameroon football, now converted into the training of young footballers. At the head of the technical supervision of the indomitable Lionesses of football, he led this national selection to write the best pages of its history.

Given the profiles of the chosen ones, one is tempted to say that for one of the few times, Paul Biya chose the right man at the right place. But the correctness of the presidential acts can not overshadow the fact that these new officials are appointed at the head of an empty shell. The National Football Academy still does not have a physical existence. It is slow to come out of the ground, the site for the construction of ANAFOOT is not even found yet. And yet it was for seven years that Paul Biya, in a speech on the eve of the Youth Day, had promised his young compatriots, a school specializing in training of football professions.

The history of ANAFOOT dates back to the aftermath of a final phase of 2010 AFCON in Angola with a mediocre record for the indomitable Lions, made up of an aging workforce. Paul Biya in his traditional speech to the youth on February 10, 2010, announced the creation of a football academy in order to prepare the next generation and perpetuate the hegemony of the indomitable Lions. “This school of football training, in liaison with the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, the Ministry of Youth, and the FECAFOOT, is responsible for supervising and perfecting young people who will demonstrate exceptional our sport king, “said the President of the Republic.

After having signed a first decree establishing ANAFOOT on 25 June 2014, and then on 28 April 2016 another decree on the organization and functioning of ANAFOOT, the two other decrees published yesterday, can be considered as a major step forward in the construction of this school. But, everything leads us to believe that we could still wait for a long time to see this Academy actually functioning. Yet the reasons for its creation are still valid, and the situation has gone from bad to worse.

The premature elimination of the U 17 Lions and the failure of the Minor Lions at the last Montaigui International Tournament in France are proof that young football is doing very badly in Cameroon.

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