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Breaking News: Racing Bafoussam contemplating abandoning football

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Racing of Bafoussam is contemplating exiting Cameroon football due to lack of funds
  • Benjamin Mongo’s team is currently training but it’s management crew says they are short in finance and can’t pull through all season
  • In the past 19 months LIFCA of Limbe, Union of Penja, Dynamic of Buea, NQSA of Limbe, Stade Bertoua, Lausanne of Yaounde, Options Sports Academy of Limbe, EEMSA of Tiko that formed a key part of Cameroon football have ceased existing for varied reasons related to the management of football in the central African nation 

Alphonse Koagne, the board chair of Racing of Bafoussam is contemplating dissolution of the club if no immediate financial intervention is made to better their current status.

A tweet from reference Journalist Simon Lyonga this Monday, October 23, revealed Koagne has informed stakeholders of the unhealthy financial muscles of the club, and plans to pull out of the MTN Elite 2 championship if nothing is done.

The 1999 champions of Cameroon were relegated to the second tier championship two years ago and have struggled financially and settled for mediocre results since then.

The club failed to receive the complete subvention promised by FECAFOOT in the past two seasons. A situation which has had a tool in management of players and results.

Racing were pitted in Pool A of last Friday’s MTN Elite Two championship draw at the headquarters of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) in Tsinga, Yaoundé. The West Region outfit will compete with Renaissance FC, FC YAFOOT, Aigle Royal of Moungo, Bafmeng United, Foncha Street FC and regional rivals Unisport of Bafang.

Racing, former club of Cameroonian football legends Geremi Njitap and Idrissou Mohammadou is confronted with the reality that befalls a quorum of Cameroonian clubs, which has heightened in the past two years in a football management system the adage ‘actions speak louder than words’ doesn’t hold.

Last year, a quorum of Cameroonian clubs didn’t receive all the state provided subvention from the federation as president Samuel Eto’o Fils refused to transfer the funds to some of the clubs, on the pretext that they had not justified previously collected cash.

On its part, the federation hasn’t communicated refund of the funds into state coffers as it is expected to be, thus creating room greater distrust amongst parties.

The top-flight championship clubs are currently five match-days into the new season without receiving a dime from the federation. A federation which is certainly waiting to hear from the government that is likely unhappy with how previous cash was distributed.

Through all these, the clubs have left themselves vulnerable because of their low efforts in sourcing for personal funds. However, the temptation of putting full blame on the clubs, including Racing of Bafoussam is mitigated by the fact that the football environment is not all-enabling for external sponsors.

It remains to be seen how Racing will sort their current situation but it will be a miracle if the football passionate people of Bafoussam allow the “Tout Puissant de L’Ouest” to fold.

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