I-League lucrative option for Cameroon players

September 10th, 2012 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) India’s I-league clubs have approached the players of the second-string Cameroonian football side that finished runners-up in the Nehru Cup earlier this month.

Emmanuel Bosso, coach of the ‘Local Lions’ said some I-League clubs have approached his players and negotiations are on.

Bosso feels that though the level of football in Cameroon is miles ahead than that in India, but I-League remains a lucrative option for his players.

“Some clubs have approached my players. But the window is closed right now. All my players have been contacted. Agents of various clubs have been trying to recruit my players. They are also keen to play and could be a good learning curve for them. But the level of football in India is low,” Bosso told IANS.

Bosso said Indian players can improve by playing against good Cameroonian players.

“In Cameroon the level of football is much better and for India to reach there their players need to work on their fitness,” he said.

Cameroon has two division in their provincial league, Elite 1 and 2. But inability to pay footballers well has weakened the league with very few foreigners choosing to come and big stars going abroad to apply their trade.

A top player in Cameroon league gets a little over a $10,000 to $20,000 per year while good African imports can earn $100,000 to $200,000 in India.

Nigeria’s Odafe Okolie, who plays in Kolkata club Mohun Bagan, is the highest paid professional footballer in India earning close to $350,000 per year.

Cameroon’s young striker Samuel Bite said the money sounds exciting but he still needs time to think about it.

“Some clubs have approached me but I have not made my decision yet. I’m still thinking about it. Lot of my team mates have been contacted as well,” he told IANS.

Asked to name the clubs that contacted Bite said: “That I can’t tell you right now, all I can say is that I am very interested. India are at mid-level, even we (Local Lions) are at the same level so adjusting to the Indian game would not be difficult.”

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