A million reasons have been given to explain why Cameroon, supposedly one of the greatest football nations in the world, ended up sharing the last spot at the 2010 World Cup with - Oh! The humiliation! - North Korea. While conflicts within the national team and poor coaching may explain Cameroon's South African debacle, the problem with the country's football is systemic and structural. Take a hard look at the following pictures; these are some of the stadiums where games for the MTN Elite One league (Cameroon's premier football championship) are played each week.
Exactly what kind of talent do we expect to emerge from these potato fields? Isn't it time for Cameroon to go back to the
basics - developing a coherent national football policy, establishing a
credible youth prospection and development program, professionalizing the elite league, training local
coaches in modern techniques and tactics, building stadiums that meet minimum FIFA standards,
etc. - before aspiring to conquer the the African and world stage? There can be no cutting
corners on this one!
Bafang Municipal Stadium - homeground of Unisport Bafang - The stadium is also known as (gasp!) the "Parc des princes"
Canon Yaounde and Union Douala, two of Cameroon's greatest clubs and former African champions, battling it out in mud
It's got grass!!!! Tiko Municipal Stadium, homeground of Tiko United, the 2009 Cameroon champions
Cameroon's football jewel - The Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium constructed in 1972 to host the 8th African Nations Cup (c) Metote