On December 6th in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) and the Ministry of Basic Education (Minedub) signed two key agreements aimed at boosting youth football development and promoting ethical practices within the sport.
The first agreement aims to establish a collaborative platform dedicated to the identification of new talent. It also outlines joint efforts to foster the development of youth soccer throughout Cameroon. Samuel Eto'o Fils, President of Fecafoot, emphasized its role in preparing for future successes at the national level.
"The quest for victory is a noble battle that Fecafoot cannot wage alone. From now on, with the Ministry of Basic Education, we will go faster and further. The era of small football nations is over. Competition is fierce, and past achievements no longer guarantee future success. We must act now to build a strong foundation for tomorrow's victories. At the Cameroonian Football Federation, we understand this critical reality. This is why prioritizing and investing in youth development is our unwavering commitment," explained Samuel Eto'o Fils.
The program underpinning Samuel Eto'o’s election to Fecafoot's presidency in December 2021 pledged to revitalize soccer in the national triangle. The strategic plan includes the revitalization of the national youth soccer championship and the introduction of specific competitions across the country.
Samuel Eto'o asserts that progress toward this ambitious goal is well underway. As evidence, he highlights the participation of young Cameroonian footballers in the recent Jeux de la Francophonie, hosted this year in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The former captain of the Indomitable Lions reassures stakeholders that, throughout his tenure, the primary focus will consistently revolve around "reinstating the strength and prominence of youth soccer."
In the second agreement, Fecafoot and Minedub commit to jointly combatting age fraud and drug trafficking within schools and soccer.
Michel Ange Nga