By Njie Enow
When Carl Enow Ngachu got appointed as pioneer Director General of Cameroon’s National Football Academy, pundits began questioning his ability to handle two key positions with the same efficiency.
After his appointment on the 24 May, the 42-year-old had told the management of Cameroon’s top tier men’s outfit Colombe of Dja and Lobo that he would relinquish his duties at the helm of the squad.
Officials of Cameroon’s Football Federation FECAFOOT, had begun the search for his successor and against the odds, it is Joseph Briand Touongo Ndoko who has been chosen to lead Cameroon’s women national team.
Prior to his appointment, Joseph Ndoko was the coach of MTN Elite 1 side Aigle of Menoua a team currently ranked 13th in Cameroon’s first division. He will be taking charge of a national selection for the first time as he has a rich history with teams in Cameroon’s first and second divisions.
He was the deputy coach of Division 2 outfit DAC 2000 and swapped jerseys to work with Aigle of the Menoua as deputy to Birwe Minkreo . In 2015 , the team gained promotion to the national Division 1 championship and since 2016 , he has been the lead trainer of Aigle of Menoua, a team based in the Western part of Cameroon.
There has also been a change of leadership at the top of Cameroon’s Under 17 ladies squad. Birwe Minkreo who qualified the baby Lionesses for the 2016 Under 17 World Cup in Jordan has been dropped in favor of Djana Stephane.
The appointees will have the arduous task of winning continental silverware for Cameroon especially Ndoko, whose predecessor Ngachu, missed out on the Africa Women Cup of Nations in three finals.
Ndoko’s first task undoubtedly will be to win the faith of his new charges after his predecessor had been with the national team since 2004. Next up, Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers to commence in February 2018.
However, there will be hopes of preliminary camping and friendly games before the end of 2017.