Africa fell in love with a time when they were all made to feel proud to be African and a part of Football a sport the continent is madly in love with, a moment when the legend himself Roger Milla dazzled the world but that moment has been long gone and the indomitable Lions with its lone superstar in Samuel Eto’o is nothing but a mirage of those times.
Today June 18th 2014 Cameroon was humiliated on the global stage in a magnitude that was so immense that the frustrations of defeat filtered onto the players when Benoit Assou-Ekotto attacked his fellow teammate Benjamin Moukandjo by head butting him during the waning minutes of the game to exemplify the feelings felt by millions of Cameroonians and Africans. Croatia dismantled the Indomitable Lions beating them by 4 goals to 0 to put to rest the notion that the Indomitable Lions of this new millennium are not and can never be that of the 1980’s and 90’s.
The Cameroonians were outplayed, outmaneuvered and completely dismantled and the natural reaction for most would be to take to task the football authorities of Cameroon and that of the Continent in CAF (Confederation of African Football) whose head; Issa Hayatou coincidentally happens to be from Cameroon, and by right those feeling are well placed.
They have served their time and for that everyone applauds them but sticking around in a time they do not understand and cannot operate in, is not only selfish but outrightly destructive for themselves and for the people they purport to serve.
Africa needs a new dawn in football and maintaining a status quo by putting stop gap measures in place not only delays the growth of the game on the continent but it essentially dashes the dreams of millions of potential young protégé’s who are in the offing of becoming a new generation of stars.