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October 28, 2010


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Fon Emmanuel

This is quite a good historuical account about Cameroon football


Very interesting. Has parallels with the marginalisation of Anglophone culture generally


Barrister Tanjong
I gotta be honest with you.You make my day with this article.This is what i want to read when i come on this board.In fact,there are names in the article that i have met personally,have seen them play,example Mouliki.What a great mid fielder he was.This lad played uptill the late 90s, if i am not making a mistake.Thanks Barrister you are a great man.Long live the Southern Cameroons,long live those who believe in our right to exist as a Nation Southern Cameroons.

Bob Bristol

Here we go again! The facts keep coming, opening the eyes of those who still think this union can work out. It's just big mess but we are hoping for a messiah to ferry us out of this shit. And not long from now, one will show up. It is unfortunate that a few hundred corpses may serve as the sacrificial lambs.

Elive Wonja

Thank you Mr. Ashuntantang.

Though I keep arguing for a united Cameroon, such well-researched articles just get me confused. I wonder sometimes whether I still want to be with Francophones. This piece of writing, like many others, reveals "statistics that kill Anglophones".

To be honest, I don't know what I want.


Very well researched. I am sure if any other field is researched the same trend will show itself. It is only in the field of education in which our people have fought back consistently. In the long run, it would turn out to be the best choice not to allow them to dilute our educational system, because it is the future generations who will have the wherewithal to remove us from this.

Che Sunday

One name brings tears to my eyes. Ebai Fidelis. His tragic death is a reminder that Cameroon is a lawless society. Beaten to death by football holligans because as a match commissioner, he failed to annul a penalty that has resulted in defeat of the home team.


This piece of research confirms oncemore the state backed maginalisation and destructive agenda upon the anglophone cameroonians.

The Cameroon football authority should revamp the modalities for who gets a call into the national team. Selection should be guided by Merit and not tribal affiliations. Thesame applies to other areas of duty in the country.


This is a good historical account on Cameroon football. But Barrister Tanjong, your commentaries are misleading, very very misleading.
Yes, there were many good Cameroonians football players from the current NW and SW regions that were not picked for the National teams, my favorites being Dr Ekwe…
The reason was not marginalization of Anglophones as you tend to insinuate. It was just a matter of personal preferences from the coaches, who actually tended to pick players from popular teams (Canon, Tonnerre, Union, Éclair) than very good players from other teams.
I happen to have grown up having as my childhood idols Dr Ekwe (doctor of footballing), Mokube (I always think he was better than Eboue Jean Daniel), Ngo Franklin, Nji Sunday, Agwa… But at each of their positions, one could argue that they were other equally good players Aoudou and Abega, Eboue, Mbida, Mbom Ephrem, Thomas Nkono and so forth.
The complains were not just from the NW/SW regions, but from other regions as well, asmany players were ordered to join Canon of Yaoundé, if they wanted to play for the National team. Ekoule of Union was a prime example, and I can cite manifold.
One of the things that you have tried to obscure from your analysis was that Raymond Fobete, the first Cameroonian Coach, was from the NW region. You have also left out the Nji Sunday, Ntamark Charly, Tataw, Augustine Simo, the Ndieffi brothers, …
Please stop politicizing Football. It is the only thing we have left in Cameroon…


Gervais, it is clearly stated that this is an "extract" from a full-length book, so how can you say the article left out some players? Thisa is why "Reading Comprehension" was so important in school!)

This article ends in 1980 with the first Anglophone to have a starting shirt with Lions and you are talking about Nji Sunday who started his international career in 1981 with the Junior Lions? Or Ntamark and Tataw who wore the green red yellow under Claude LEroy in 1985/86?

Please take a breather and wait for the book to be out before commenting.


Wantim, Thanks for lecturing me on reading comprehension. And thanks for not negating any of the facts I stated.
What about the title of the book? It clearly states 50 years. Or maybe I can't count? nor read ?
I am waiting for the next extract of the book...Pardon me of not holding my breath...Nor following the pack..


Gervais, the opening lines of this posting clearly state that this text is "culled from..." meaning "taken from", "extracted from". So, expecting this brief blog excerpt to cover the entire 50 years is a clear case of lack of comprehension...

Serge Juimo

Dear All,
I am a francophone reader and I Just want to say that it is really a pleasure to have at hand such an article that can reveal facts and players belonging to the "anglofone area".It is a clear indication that all over the country, there were and there are good players. I just want to point out the fact that for the sake of efficiency, a national football team should just be a selection of the best players at a given moment, not the presentation of the various ethnical groups that have a country.It is not proved that during the sixties and seventies the anglophone's who were called have been frustated because of their origins: we had very good players during that period. There is another relity that should not be put aside: remember that during the sixties, seventies and eighties, we had here in Cameroon OSSUC games, were we had the opportunity to discover the best young players of this country: how many times NW or SW won the trophy? was it because there were a clear policy aiming to frustrate anglophones? There is another point that should be mentionned: the two best local coaches that Cameroon has used as head coaches with the national team were anglophones, from Balinyonga (Fobete and Nyongha). Have they received any back up or support from their region? have they been called at that particular and sensitive function because of their origins? I think we should be moderate in our analysis, and as much as possible keep football far from ethnical or political revendications. Very good francophones players were not called in the national squad too, and it has never been because of their origins. Let us respect the choices of the coaches.

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Hello everybody, i found this blog not long time ago and I love it. Not necessary because i agree with everything that the author says, but i love the fact that it exists, for it allows us to know better the history of our young country, and also to see "the other" point of view of what it's going wrong in Cameroon. I guess you have understood that i happen to be a "francophone". And i very well understand both point of view of those who says there is a discriminatory policy, and those who believes it's not a such big deal.
But concerning the particular subject of football, i'm sure that there has been some discriminations during the first decades of our indepedances, because although i believe we should always pick the best players, there should have been (if we were sincere in our unification idea) at some point a representative policy to facilitate the melting of our two states; but as a all, i have a tendancy to think it was not a particular will of our coaches to not pick our brothers from the former southern Cameroon. But most of all, i believe the real problem was (is) in other area of society, not within football. In sport, it wasn't a bigger problem than the one of tribalism for example. so i saw it more like a cameroonian problem than an anglophone problem.

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