Cameroon(National Times)-All four Cameroonian clubs to the Confederations of African Football (CAF) clubs competitions have been kicked out following Sunday’s matches played at home and abroad.
In Limbe, New Stars of Douala were held to a zero goal parity by visiting Kenyan side, Gor Mahia leading to the elimination of the team.
The Kenyan team goes through on a 2-1 goal aggregate, after the team defeated New Stars a fortnight ago in Nairobi.
Both players and Coach Gerard Mbimi of New Stars blamed their defeat on the disorganised local championship which does not prepare them adequately for international challenges.
Meanwhile, playing away in Ghana, current league champions, Coton Sport of Garoua was defeated 2-1 by Asante Kotoko.
In a previous match played in Cameroon, the Ghanaian side defeated the Cotton weavers 3-2. With the dismal performances recorded, both surviving Cameroonians teams were eliminated from the CAF competition.
In December 2018, UMS of Loum which was also representing the country at the CAF Champions League suffered from an early exit in the hands of Nigerian side, Lobi Stars.
However, the first Cameroonian team to be eliminated was Eding Sport of Lekie, winners of the 2018 Cameroon Cup.
The team was defeated by Asante Kotoko by forfeiture following the late organisation of the Cameroon Cup final to select the country’s representative at the CAF cup competition.
With the early exit of Coton Sport and New Stars, the teams have missed a place in the prestigious group stages of the competition which goes with media exposure and huge financial benefits for the teams and players.
With all three teams engaged in top level continental competitions without a home league, it was very difficult for players who have been on holidays for about five months to challenge players who are currently engaged in their local Championships.
Not even the promise of FCFA 500,000 per player could boast the morale of New Stars players. In a bid to make the guys competitive, the President of New Star, Faustin Domkeu, pledged that if the team wins the match and qualify for the group stages, each player will smile go home with FCAF 500,000 Hence, Cameroonian teams would become diehard spectators of the various CAF competitions.