Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Meet the blogger


I am Njobati sylvie but every one calls me Sysy. I was born on the 06 June 1991, i guess you can do the math to know my age lol.

My love for football started as far back as 2010.  I was just another disappointed fan during the world cup. So i would watch football on TV and had little interest for live matches

Gradually my love for the game grew with a mixed feeling. I was under the dillema of directing my football interest to diaspora football and Cameroon/African football. But i couldn't settle for anything less than grassrot football, football i could relate to, the African struggle.

I started going to Fandena stadium (Omnisport Yaounde) to watch Cotton sport de Garoua, UMS de Loum, Canon de Yaounde and Yong sport Academy because I had friends and brothers playing in these Elite 1 clubs. To me football was a game of amusement where some 11 strategically positioned people were careful fondling with a leather balloon to make goals and win the game, under the instructions of some tensed man probably chewing gum, folding his arms and would even sit on a flask of ice without noticing.

But when I got  more involved in the game, I realized that it was more than the illusion I had about football. I realized that football could be used as a tool for the development of the nation, as a measure to improve standards of living and inspire lives and of course loyal entertainment.

But my realizations were met with a lot of contradictions: Cameroon football in particular is facing a dramatic drop in performance and public interest. I decided to dig into these challenges faced by Cameroon football and behold they are not written on stones, they can be solved. The solution lies in our hands. We are the change we need,

Prominent among these problems, was lack of education and knowledge. So as Sysy, i started this blog to give you all the information you may not find else where as my own contribution to the development of Cameroon football.

You are next, the power to create a positive change in football lies in your hands. The little actions to take now to help is going to put a smile on a face for ever.

you can jon the moving train by visiting our "take an action" page and make a date with destiny

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FIFA makes football business easy. Find out how to become an intermediary(formerly called player agent)


 FIFA has made football business (Intermediary business) alot more easier than any one could ever think. Despite the contradictions the new FIFA Regulations on working with intermediary is facing, there is no doubt that he following stands as benefits:




- National football associations now have the power to supplement these regulation in conformity with FIFA Rules
- The intelligent yet less privileged to attain FIFA education before getting licenses can now dare into the adventure.
- The number of agents are going to increase nationally especially in Cameroon that had only 2 licensed FIFA agents. This therefore means increasing the chances of players getting better placements.
-  To an extend mal practices in football will reduce because the fair of doing legal football business is relatively affordable.  
  
What is an intermediary? FIFA defines an intermediary as:
“A natural or legal person who, for a fee or free of charge, represents players and/or clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding an employment contract or represents clubs in negotiations with a view to concluding a transfer agreement”.

REGISTRATION

The licensing system is no longer in use and has been replaced with a new one. Now intermediaries don’t need any qualifications. To start your career as an intermediary you just need to register at your national football association (FA) (FECAFOOT for Cameroon)
To register you need to sign an Intermediary Declaration which states that you will work within rules of your FA and pay a registration fee. The registration fee is different in every country. In England for example it costs £500. Keep in mind that you will need to renew your registration every (calendar) year.
In addition to that you will also need to meet the requirements of a “Test of Good Character and Reputation for Intermediaries” and provide a proof of no criminal record (usually attainable at your national police department). The test also contains provisions for intermediaries applying to work with or in relation to Minors.

REPRESENTATION CONTRACT

Before engaging in any sort of intermediary activity on behalf of a player or a club, both parties have to agree on a Representation contract which must contain: the names of the parties, nature of legal relationship, scope of services, the duration, payment terms, the date of completion, termination provisions and signatures of both parties. Under the old Players’ Agent Regulations a representation contract could last as long as two years and could then be renewed if both parties agreed, however, under the new Regulations there is no maximum duration provided.

SPECIAL RULES

There are a few special rules for working with Minors. In order to work with Minors intermediaries need to get a special authorization from their FA. They also may not receive any form of payment from services provided in relation to u-18 players. You can still enter in an agreement with them as long as the player’s legal guardians sign the contract.
The associations can add additional requirements as long as they fit the minimum standard set by FIFA. For example, the English FA has set a maximum period for a representation contract to two years. They also specifically process every intermediary who wishes to act on behalf of minors.

SKILLS AND QUALITIES

Since there are no entry requirements to become an intermediary here are some skills that will come in handy:
Work experience with a sports agency: Contact agencies to see if there are any internships/jobs available. That way you will get to know people in the industry and learn about the procedures.
Contacts within football industry: In this business connections are very important. They help you reach more players and clubs making your job as an intermediary much easier.
Legal knowledge: It might come as a surprise but an intermediary needs a lot of knowledge about contract law. It is common for intermediaries to have a law degree or some other type of law education.
Business knowledge: The other part of your job will be negotiating so business knowledge is also very important.
Football knowledge: You will need to understand the game of football and how to spot talent. After all better clients mean more income for you.
Social skills: Intermediary doesn’t only take care of contract negotiations. A lot of times he also
takes the role of player’s PR. He often even gives advice to players regarding their personal issues.

INCOME

Your income will depend on whether you work for an agency or for yourself. If you work for an agency you may be paid a fixed salary. But if you work alone your income will be hugely based on the income of your client(s) and your contract(s) with them. The new rules recommend a payment of 3% of the transfer fee involved or 3% of the player’s basic gross income. But since these are only guidelines in reality the percentage can still rise up to 10%. Intermediary’s salary can also be based on other player incomes that are not his wage. Player’s endorsement contracts are for example often part of the income.

 Source (Fieldo.com)

Monday, February 22, 2016

FIFA regulations on working with intermediaries (End of Licensed FIFA Player Agent)

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Lack of education and information was sited as one of the problems messing Cameroon football up. Below is an overview of  FIFA Intermediaries update from April 2015. FIFA Licensed Agents no longer exist. Any one who acts on behalf of any football stakeholder is now known as Intermediary. This is in a bid to decentralise power by empowering national football governing bodies to uphold FIFA Regulations by supplementing requirements on this regulation given the general environmental factors in each nation.

This new regulations has raised a lot of contradictions. While one school of though holds that this is going to promote unethical and unhealthy football practices, another holds that this attempted decentralization has just eased transparency and professionalism in Football

 click here for some interesting debates on these reforms

The main goal of the new Regulations is to establish a more transparent system that is easier to implement and administer by the football associations across the world.  Which means the new Regulations may vary across the globe to some degree. But here is a general guideline

First, what is an intermediary? Intermediary is a person who acts as a link between people in order to try and bring about an agreement; a mediator. This definition doesn’t differ much from the description of work football agents used to do. So, an intermediary is someone who works on behalf of a player or club, who talks with the other party to negotiate a deal for their client. Now, here is what has changed and what is new:

1. Registration system for intermediaries

The licensing system for Football Agents has been abandoned and replaced by a registration system for intermediaries where no qualifications nor experience are required. This means that intermediaries do not have to take an exam and hold a license like agents before, but they need to register at their national Football Association (In Cameroon is FECAFOOT) and pay the registration fee. Before they can register, they need to prove that they have an ‘impeccable’ reputation and no criminal record. As part of or the registration process, all intermediaries have to sign a Intermediary Declaration where they confirm their agreement to the provisions in the new Regulations and the regulations of football associations they are contractually related to. Intermediaries have to renew their registration every year and pay the renewal fee if they are to continue working as such.

2. Representation contract

Before engaging in any sort of Intermediary Activity on behalf of a player or a club, both parties have to agree on a Representation contract which must contain: the names of the parties, nature of legal relationship, scope of services, the duration, payment terms, the date of completion, termination provisions and signatures of both parties. Under the old Players’ Agent Regulations a representation contract could last as long as two years and could then be renewed if both parties agreed, however under the new Regulations there is no maximum duration provided.

3. Transparency of Intermediary Activity

Football associations are required to provide names of all Intermediaries they registered publicly every year. They are also required to publicly provide the total amount of all payments made to intermediaries by their players and affiliated clubs.

4. Payments

In terms of payment for Intermediaries these new Regulations recommends a payment of 3% of the transfer fee involved or 3% of the player’s basic gross income. These figures are just a recommendation by FIFA, therefore they are flexible to changes depending on the agreement between both parties and conditions of the contract too. Unlike the old regulations that stated that payments would be calculated as a percentage of the players income, the new regulations demands payments are calculated on the basis of the player’s income for the entire duration of the contract. Intermediaries can get paid in a lump sum agreed between all parties or monthly by the club or from the player’s salary.

5. Working with Under-18 Players

The New Regulations also do not state a minimum age required where a player can be represented by an intermediary as opposed to the previous regulations. However, FIFA now requires that the player’s legal guardian(s) (parents) must also sign the representation contract. Despite all this, intermediaries cannot receive any form of payment until the player they represent is no longer considered a minor.

5. Additional FA Regulations

FIFA association members of which Cameroon's FECAFOOT is a member are enabled to regulate their own system on intermediaries and can supplement the new Regulations provided they respect the minimum requirements mentioned above. So what is demanded is some countries under their Football Association can be different to other countries and their respective Football Associations. 

The above is just a summary of these regulations. you can download the full copy by clicking the link below

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Fish Pond? No, 1st Division football Club Home play ground in Cameroon.



Going through the comments on the previous post of 15000 Africans footballers being moved under uncertainty, every participant brought out different reasons why these players fall victim: Lack of media involvement, lack of professional training, infrastructural deficiency, low pay package, conflict of interest, lack of sponsors, lack of patriotism.
In a survey carried out , Cameroon footballers both in the diaspora and home stood to identify the main problem with Cameroon football.  The most alarming of all was infrastructure.  Every footballer wants to see the pride of the game he plays to entertain and enrich others: The play environment. At least if the money is not in the pocket let the pride and integrity be there. We are going to take a look at the play grounds of some encounters between Elite 1 clubs.
UMS Loum Winner of 2015 Cameroon Cup home fish pond field

2014 Winners of Cameron and Cameroons representative in African championship Cotton Sport de Garoua vs Racing


African Championship Winners, Canon de Yaounde and Union de Douala battling it

2014/2015 Cameroon cup finalist Panther Vs Fouvu de Baham playing a league match on an unidentified pitch in the West
Ngoundere untraced Municipal stadium


Training ground for 86years old Canon de Yaounde

Bamenda Municipal stadium, supposed home field for YOSA

Home ground for Panther de Nde 2009 winners of Cameroon Cup and 2 times runner up

This is just an over view of soe of the horrible night mares that these players have to deal with through the career. Yet we want to achieve professional excellence in football. While others have fish ponds for pitches, others are battling on farm lands and sandy layouts.
How do we expect these players to be satisfied, stay home and became local champions when their game has no pride, no environmental safety, no respect and above all no money?
This is the time to make your voices heard people. You are the change you need.
Special thanks to CAMFOOT, for providing most of the pictures.










Thursday, February 18, 2016

15,000 young African footballers are taken abroad annually under uncertainty



African footballers' dreams are increasingly being turned into nightmares. African families are always ready to offer their children the chance of a better life.Families sell their landed property, businesses, and take loans from banks and meeting groups to support the dreams of their children. After all there is too much money in football and their sons will repay when they signs contracts, they believe. But its so painful how most of these parents watch their children perish for their lack of knowledge and ignorance.
These children on their part forgo their education of course for what they believe in. This the outcome

Some anonymous man begins to hang around football pitches so that his face becomes familiar. Of a sudden he is a football agent with connections in Turkey, Dubai, England , France and even Brazil.
He then identifies very good players and starts making contacts with them. As it is already the case, due to lack of Trust, these players do not tell their managers nor coaches.
The supposed argent gives his fees of approximately 3million Francs some times with flight ticket fair included. They begin to call these players on a daily basis, even talking to their parents to show how genuine they are and before you know Mrs X's piece of land ois on auction sale, Mr Y, is in the bank to take an overdraft.
Once paid, these agents take the players to the said country "Once we reached the airport in Turkey,
the manager excused himself to make a call and i never saw him again till i was bundled back to Cameroon by migration" said 20 years Davidson whose single mom had sold her surviving poultry farm to send him to Turkey.

"He took me to his friends house where we lived about 8 of us in a single room, i stayed there for six months and until my Visa expired, i had never had a test match or seen a football pitch with my eyes. i had to shamefully come back" Mvondo shared with The Sysy House Of Fame TSHOF).

This loving father could not help but share his story for the benefits of the players. " I am a head teacher in a government School working for 32 years now. Chenwi was the most admired player during local competitions here. When Chenwi came with this travel story, all my troubles started. He needed an emergency 450.000Frs for a new passport with age change. I funded that. then he aksed for 2100,000frs for his travel to play in a 2nd Division club in France. I gathered all i had and it was just 700.000 Frs, then i had to borrow and sell my lone piece of land. I so much believed in my son. i gave him the money and bid him bye bye since he arrived France and called me, two days after, i have never heard from him till today. He left January 08 2015. wether he is alive or death is a question i keep asking God" Mr Chenwi Che burst into tears. These young dreamers are left with no money, no visas, no prospects of work and no way of returning home.

According to an estimate by Foot Solidaire, a Paris-based charity working to increase the protection of young footballers globally, up to 15,000 young African footballers are taken abroad annually under false hopes – over a third of them head to Europe. This is a lesson every footballer to learn. Its not a crime to dream big, but dream with precautions. This is a sensitization forum please. Kindly give your proposals on what this players can do not to be victims.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Hugo Broos, New Coach of Cameroon.Check out his profile


Hugo Broos, New Cameroon Coach
Cameroon’s Football Federation have appointed former Belgium
Volker Finke out going Coach
international, Hugo Broos, as the Indomitable Lions’ new head coach.
The 63 year old takes over from Volker Finke who put up a remarkable campaign against football in Brazil during the world Cup andwhich eventually was a success.

Alexandre Belinga, the team’s interim coach for the past three
interim coach, now assistant coach
months has been under alot of pressure to perform as it has always the case with Cameroon, where you are nominated, expectations set, ye resources are not sufficiently given neither are you
empowered to do your job. He will remain as an assistant coach.


 Broos' Profile

 Broos won the Belgian Championship twice with Brugge in 1992 and 1996, and enjoyed spells in Greece, Turkey and Algeria.
His first task with Cameroon will be to keep them top of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group M.
The Indomitable Lions return to action in a home and away fixture against South Africa next month.
He will also take charge of the team when they take on France in a friendly in May.

He started his football career in his hometown Humbeek, playing for KFC Humbeek and was discovered at the early age of eighteen by a scout from RSC Anderlecht. For more than ten years he was their central defender and helped them win 4 Euro Cup finals, 3 national championships and 4 Belgian Cups. Between 1974 and 1986 he represented his country playing 31 times for the national team, gaining 24 caps and finishing 4th at the World Championship in Mexico in 1986. In 1983 Broos switched teams and started playing for Club Brugge. He played there for 5 seasons until season 87–88. During this period he helped his team gain the Belgian Cup in 1986 and the championship in 1988. In 1988 Broos retired as a professional footballer.
In his career as a football player he won the Belgian Cup 5 times.

Coaching career

From 1991 to 1998 he coached Club Brugge, winning the championship twice in 1992 an 1996. In 1991, 1995 and 1996 his team also won the Belgian Cup. From 2002 until 2005 he coached RSC Anderlecht. Again he managed to get his team into the Champions League and his team won the 2003–2004 season championship. Season 2004–2005 was a turning point however. His team was kicked out of the Champions League and they lost their chances for the Belgian Cup too. After a 0–0 outcome against AA Ghent the verdict fell; on 7 February, Broos got fired for the first time in his career.

Later that year in June he became coach for KRC Genk and got back at his former team on 30 September by beating them with 1–4. During the 2007–08 season he was fired again.
Broos won the prestigious Coach of the Year award 4 times in his career. Twice coaching Club Brugge in both 1992 and 1996, once with Anderlecht in 2004 and finally in 2007 with KRC Genk.
 On 15 December 2008, Broos accepted the proposal of Greek club, Penseraikos, and for the first time in his career left his country. Panserraikos had a great campaign in Greek Cup, eliminate Panathinaikos in quarterfinals but lost against AEK Athens in the semis. Later in season Panserraikos couldn't avoid relegation. Broos left from Panserraikos and became new coach of Trapzonspor, on 22 June 2009 and was released on 22 November 2009. After that he was head coach of Zulte waregem for half a season, before becoming assistant coach of Al Jazera Club. After being sacked in 2012 he is currently unemployed. In January 2014 he is one of the candidates to become the new trainer of KV Mechelen.
 

All titles and honours
  • European Super Cup Anderlecht | 1977, 1979
  • Europa League Anderlecht  | 1983
  • Pro League Anderlecht | 1972, 1974, 1981
  • Pro League Club Brugge | 1988
  • Cup Winners Cup Anderlecht | 1976, 1978
Broos inherits a good fortune of misconception about Cameroon Football and "Mafia" from his predeccesor to deal with. We wish him the best of luck as he unravels the mystery of Cameroon  football.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Georges Kevin Nkoudou, The trendy French Cameroonian Winger playing for Marseille Can't keep calm

Georges Kevin Nkoudou can't keep calm today 13th February 2016. The French/Cameroon Player is currently celeberating his 21st anniversary today. This is not just a "fine face" but also a "speedo" body that has played in the French National U17, U19, U20, U21  His current Market Value stands at 5,00 Mill Euro.
Recently he was called up to join the National team where he said yes.
He Affirms his love for his country despite the challenges facing Cameroon football. Patriotism and determination are some of the aspects that Kevin has potrayed through out his career as a footballer. The Calm and respectful Kevin is having the fun of his life today as he says God is his only protector from Harm and the main key to his success. He therefore dedicates this special day to him. We wish you safety from the politics of football.


Good Luck Kevin and team TSHOF Wishes you a happy Birthday.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Military Women in Cameroon exchange their guns for football

Talking about military international games is quite an uncertain topic as alot of people have no idea what this is all about. In case you are wondering, just like FIFA's world cup, the military has theirs too where these men who lay their lives down for the security of the world show the world that they have other talents apart from "gunning" as known by the lay man.

Cameroon Football women though marginalized, have been representing Africa either by merit or performance. The Military Lionesses are up again to represent Africa due to their last performance which was termed by many "excellent". They were automatically qualified to represent Africa in France come May 2016. The saying "Good things don't hide" might seem monotonous and common but it is very true. His performance during the World Cup 2015, Canada succeeded in taming the perception of Cameroon football, and now he has been called by the minister of defense to set up an indomitable Female team against the may 2016 Military World Cup.


His Plans are this simple, "professional training, selection on merit". These are some of the two virtues that is present at every Level of the National team selection ranging from U17-Seniors. This is a recommended value in on going attempt to face-lift Cameroon football.

This team has an initial number of 40 players that shall be eliminated in the on going friendlies to the desired number. These very vibrant and technical ladies are staying united and focused as they wait to represent Africa in May 2016.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Lionesses stay focus and positive

The female National Football team of Cameroon has proven that determination and hard work put together brings indelible success. Who would have thought that by 2016, these ladies would be having more supporters than the most pampered men. It is no doubt that the ladies have outperform the men in this game of unity. Cameroon football  has been facing a lot of problems whereby these ladies have been a victim of greed and unfairness. In preparation for the world cup where they were amazing, they were often left on their own to fend for career development. These ladies were found riding on motor cycles to their training grounds, allowances not paid and upon arrival after a great display of honour, they were never welcome back home neither did FECAFOOT, make an effort to stand by their pay promise for once. Is it because they are ladies, or is it because the team is coached by "l'anglo la" (Enow Ngachu, the most result oriented and focused Cameroon Coach we know who happens to be an anglophone)? all these questions were being asked by Cameroonians who were almost giving up on football, thanks to the timely intervention of the dynamic Lionesses.

Cameroon hosting African's Nations cup for women is no tickle for the seemingly rigid minds of the football governing bodies in Cameroon. February is about to elapse without an official authorization of the program of function for the Lionesses. Are these people blinded by the rehabilitation work going on around? Not too sure of the answer but obviously these two aspects are not interwoven by any thing

Despite the lack of resources, these ladies are focused on being true patriots of the nation and despite
the challenges, their positive minded and SMART coach, Enow Ngachu, says that he will not let any opportunity pass him by without showing Cameroonians that their hope on the Lionesses is built on a solid foundation of Performance.