Football in Cameroon
Football is the clear number one sport in Cameroon. The national team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals five times (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002), and reaching the quarter-finals in Italy in 1990 was the Cameroonians best performance so far. Cameroon's greatest success outside of Africa was winning the gold medal at the Olympic Football Tournament in Sydney in 2000, while the nation has won the African Cup of Nations four times (1984, 1988, 1998 and 2002) in twelve appearances at the final competition. Two coaches have had a major influence on football in Cameroon: Jean Manga Onguene, who won over 100 caps as a player, took the senior national team to the FIFA World Cup finals on four consecutive occasions, and helped the youth team secure the African Championship. Today, he heads the Goal Development Office in Yaoundé; Jean Paul Akono was the coach of the victorious Olympic team. Cameroon has regularly produced promising players, who have ultimately played professional football in Europe. Roger Milla (in France with Valenciennes, Monaco, Bastia, and Montpellier), Thomas Nkono (with Espanol in Spain) and Joseph Antoine Bell (in France with Bordeaux and Marseille) were the most famous players in recent years, who have since given way to Samuel Eto'o (Real Mallorca, Spain), Salomon Olembe (Marseille), Lauren Etame Mayer (Arsenal), Rigobert Song (Lens, France), and Gérémi Sorel Njitap (Chelsea). Football in Cameroon suffered a cruel loss with the sudden death of 28-year-old international Marc Vivien Foé (whose clubs included Olympique Lyons and Manchester City). Foé collapsed during one of the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 and later died in the stadium despite immediate attempts to resuscitate him.
Second Goal project
The main aim of the project approved by the Goal Bureau on 18 March 2008 was to lay an artificial turf pitch at the technical centre in Yaoundé, on which work started in May 2003, thus providing youngsters in particular with good training facilities that would remain constant all year round. In addition, changing rooms and security fencing were installed, making the technical centre the ideal place to hold training programmes for youngsters. The Cameroonian football federation is using funds from Goal and FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme (FAP).
Use of FAP funds
Artificial turf pitch at the national technical centre in Yaoundé
Project approved
18 March 2008
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 221,000 Total cost USD 621,000