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Elite One coaches sweating to have players as strike action hits multiple clubs

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Players of Bamboutos FC, AS Fortuna, Fovu and Astres of Douala are currently on strike
  • The players have not received their salaries for the month of November
  • Most clubs are blaming the situation on the delay in payment of their subventions though unconfirmed reports have it that they have received a portion of the dues

Coaches of Astres of Douala, Bamboutos FC of Mbouda, Fovu of Baham, AS Fortuna among others are currently in a tight corner as they multiply efforts to cause their players to honor their commitments in the 2023/24 MTN Elite One championship.

Astres versus Fortuna can be comfortably described as a derby of men on strike as players of both clubs have failed to go through their routine preparations for the game. Astre players didn’t turn up at their reserved team hotel on Friday evening while AS Fortuna players who traveled to Douala for the match day 11 fixture are currently threatening to boycott the game if president Roger Noah fails to pay their salaries for the month of November.

Bamboutos FC have almost the same scenario as its players have been consistently inconsistent this week in training as they protest silence from their management about last month’s salaries and bonuses.

Rumors of payment of the first tranche of Elite club subventions has not helped matters for the clubs.

President Samuel Eto’o Fils of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) had promised to pay each top-flight club the sum of 48 million FCFA and 28 millions for second tier franchises.

Unfortunately, there has been no follow up to that effect, this creating uneasy calm between most of the 35 Elite clubs and their personnel.

In all honesty, clubs spend like four-time that amount during an average season. This explains government stepped in to pay part of players salaries since 2011 via the defunct Cameroon professional football league (LFPC).

The current situation can have a telling impact on the output of players before during and after matches.

This is happening two years after Eto’o took office and vowed to turn things around for footballers and football investors.

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