Football in Cameroon has grown rapidly in popularity over the past 30 years. The peak was in 1990 when Cameroon reached the quarter finals with the Milas, Omam Biyiks, Tatoh Stephens etc. This was a major breakthrough for the African continent as Cameroon was the first African nation to reach that stage. When this team aged away, Cameroon football and hence popularity died a natural death until the rebirth in 2000 and 2002 when it consecutively won 2 Africa nations cup trophies, this time with the with the Mbami Modeste, Samuel Etoo, Song Bahanak, Idriss Carlos Kameni.
Despite all this football achievements, the Cameroon government seems to show extraordinary interest in the just ended Africa nation’s cup in Gabon where the young talented team sailed through to remove its sack cloth after 15 good years. The national AFCON Trophy tour organized by the government has raised many questions in the minds of the common man.
Are Cameroonians so excited about seeing the trophy or is there a hidden agenda behind the tour? Did the government see the trophy as a pain killer considering the time it came in? These questions remain unanswered but one thing keeps coming to mind: The government’s emergency AFCON Trophy Tour might just be a political strategy to calm down the Anglophone problem.