The bilingual masterpiece produced by the Cameroon News and Publishing Corporation (SOPECAM) will be officially presented to the public in Yaounde today February 21, 2020.
The national and international community will from today be served the rare opportunity to once again revisit, in texts and photos, the life and time of Cameroonian football from when the country sprang to the limelight in the king sport till date. In effect, Cameroon News and Publishing Corporation (SOPECAM) has put on the market a reference masterpiece on Cameroon football titled, “Golden Book of Cameroon Football.” The bilingual publication prefaced by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, will be officially presented to the public in Yaounde today February 21, 2020.
The book analysis nearly 90 years of football in Cameroon be it at national teams’ level (senior, junior and women’s categories) and the input of football training centres dotted across the national triangle. Besides showcasing the outcome of a fruitful dive into the legendary football world by Cameroon’s darling Indomitable Lions, the Golden Book of Cameroon Football coincidently presents an invitation for all and sundry to rally behind a strong and indivisible nation - Cameroon, and under one leader, Paul Biya, to stage an unprecedented 16-nation African Nations Championship (CHAN) from 4-25 April 2020 and the 24-country Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2021), two top-level football competitions to be hosted by Cameroon. No one is oblivious of the fact that the brilliant performances of Cameroonian footballers marked by breath-taking victories at the club and national team levels have contributed in no small way over the years to create, maintain and strengthen a strong patriotic consciousness among the sons and daughters of Cameroon.
As the bilingual publication will be officially unveiled today, readers will have the opportunity to refresh their minds on the path the country’s football has covered in the years past. The 263-page book is subdivided into chapters with incisive and attractive testimonies of the glorious Lions, football trainers, sports analysts and well-informed observers. The book equally highlights the steadfast efforts and treasured contributions of Cameroon’s number one sportsman, President Paul Biya, to the promotion of football as a whole and the Indomitable Lions in particular.
Through the Golden Book of Cameroon Football, SOPECAM serves readers with telling facts that loudly and clearly speak of the grandeur of the sports which has proven over the years to be an unparalleled unifier. To say the least, between 1984 and 2017, Cameroon has lifted five AFCON coveted trophies, one edition of the Olympic Games and participated six times in the World Cup. The influence of these sublime performances are felt within and without the country. For instance, if Africa boasts of five places at the FIFA World Cup today, it is thanks to Cameroon’s feat at Italy 1990.
The Golden Book of Cameroon Football is published in two versions, entirely in colour and on glossy paper. One luxurious with leather cover and put in a box, and the other, a standard version.