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    Fantastic career so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iHeadHunta x View Post
    Fantastic career so far!
    This. Really enjoying it. Is the database you are using the one from Flamers of ITaly down to level 7 with 53 other countries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iHeadHunta x View Post
    Fantastic career so far!
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    This. Really enjoying it. Is the database you are using the one from Flamers of ITaly down to level 7 with 53 other countries?
    Thanks both, really appreciate the feedback!

    The database is one that I constructed, built upon and updated from the initial work done by Unknown Hacker, Poop and a couple of others. They all needed a bit of work to get them to work as I wanted them to and to make sure all of the competition rules, suspension rules etc worked ok, but I wouldn't have got here without the initial hard work that those guys put in

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    nvm..............
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    Chile_Paul's Career - Season 3 Preview - Bamboutos de Mbouda


    Board Expectations:

    Media Expectations:
    Media Prediction: 10th
    Title Odds: 100-1

    My Expectations:
    Elite One - I think my squad is stronger this year, but I also think the overall competitiveness of the league is stronger - this may or may not work to my advantage. Targetting 3rd place, I think Coton Sport and KSA will fight it out for the title
    Cameroon Cup - I want the final place that we just missed out on last year

    Squad:
    I've strenghtened the squad in specific areas where we were weak last year, and several of the older players who I bought in but underperformed last year have now left the club - either on free transfers or to retirement. I'm hoping that I get a better set of performances from some of the younger players I've bought in to replace them. I now have a second strong striker as competition for Nassorou which I hope will help to maintain a high level of performance up front - it also gives us a true option of playing 2 up front. I've also significantly strengthened my defence which will alleviate the reliance that I had on youth players last season. Finances are looking tighter though with a much tighter wage budget, so I'm not going to have any room to strenghten further during the season.

    Backroom Staff:
    No major changes to the backroom staff other than the appointment of Blaise Matondo as 1st team coach to focus on attacking training - Blaise had joined the club last season as a 36 yr old striker and had some decent coaching stats. I'm still short of a decent goalkeeping coach, Eric Nzoyem who retired as 3rd choice goalkeeper last season had great stats in goalkeeping coach, but refused to sign a coaching contract, determined to pursue a career as a scout instead!

    Transfers:
    A much more balanced transfer window this season, reigned in by our more limited but sensible wage constraints. 8 players have come in with 9 leaving for pastures new. Key arrivals detailed below:

    Franck Kanga: A 21 year old striker with a bright future - he will provide competition and on occassions partner Nassorou up front. He picked up 7 goals and 2 assists in 19 appearances in both of the last 2 seasons for Canon so I'm delighted to pick him up on a free contract
    Robert Ntolla: My second signing from Canon, he has underperformed in the last 2 seasons given his stats, so I'm hoping he'll raise his game at a new club and help tighten up our defence
    Claudio Jose Domingos: A 22 year old central defender from Angola - he might not start in the side but he has plenty of potential and will add strength and depth to the defence
    Hellings Mwakasangula: My final defensive signing, Hellings joins from Silver Strikers in the Malawian Premier League. He had a great year last season with an average rating of 7.65 and 7 goals to his name, but he will be stepping up a level this season so it will be a matter of waiting and seeing whether he can maintain his performance in Cameroon.


    Finances:
    Wage Budget: £3,884 p/w (£8,746 p/w) -£4,862 p/w
    Wage Bill: £4,189 p/w (£4,338 p/w) -£149 p/w
    Transfer Budget: £5.8k (£9.53k) -£3.73k
    Bank Balance: -£141,987

    Average Ticket price: £1.00 (£1.00)
    Season Ticket Holders: 1,190 (1,169)
    Season Ticket price: £2.00 (£2.00)
    Estimated club value: £120k (£210k) -£90k

    Reputation:
    Club Reputation: National
    Ranking within Cameroon: 12th (12th)
    Cameroonian world ranking: 56th (31st)
    Elite One competition ranking within Africa: 22nd (13th)
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    A comfortable, yet un-remarkable preseason.......


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    Somd solid results though. Go into the season confident.

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    Default August / Sept update

    A good start to the season with us unbeaten heading into October, however we're already on 2 points less than we were at the same stage last season and have conceeded 3 more goals.

    Critically it was at this point last year that we went on a run of 3 games without a point or a goal, so it is imperative that we maintain our concentration following the distraction of the Cup 2nd round and get back to winning ways.






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    Well done with the carrer so far. Looks like you might take the league this year

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    Looks like Aigle Royal finally got promoted. Nice start too, hoepfully you can keep the team unbeaten for a little while more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cswalk08 View Post
    Well done with the carrer so far. Looks like you might take the league this year
    Thanks - I think the league might be a stage too far this season, Coton Sport and KSA are still too good for me......

    I think the Top 6 will all finish fairly close together, I just hope I can push up to 3rd place

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    Building well on last year.

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    An uninspiring win in the cup against non-league competition. We dominated possession but just couldn't stick it in the back of the net, in the end we had to rely on one of the worst own goals that I've ever seen on FM to gift us the win!

    More non league competition in the 3rd round, so we have a good chance to progress:


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    My reputation has obviously increased enough that I'm now starting to be linked as the favourite for jobs back home - definitely not interested though, whilst I might be tempted by other jobs in Africa I'm definitely not ready to head back home.......



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    Jeff Stelling will be gutted.

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    In international news Cameroon have qualified for the 2014 world cup after a 1-0 aggregate win over Algeria.

    England, who sacked Stuart Pearce after only managing 2nd place in their qualifying group have the advantage over Spain following a 1-1 first leg result in Spain. Spain had earlier finished runners up to France in their qualifying group. New England manager Sam Allardyce is insisting however that Spain remain favourites to qualify
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    ...................and England are knocked out, thanks to a 4th minute Juan Mata penalty at Wembley.

    Roy Hodgson might have a tough job irl, but at least he didn't walk straight into a play off match against Spain!!!

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    Well done to Cameroon, first team to qualify for the 2104 World Cup, almost a century in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManUTactician247 View Post
    Well done to Cameroon, first team to qualify for the 2104 World Cup, almost a century in advance!
    Damn, I thought I'd corrected that before anybody had noticed! It is an even more impressive qualification given there will never be a 2104 World Cup ;)

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    Inpressive indeed ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chile_paul View Post
    Damn, I thought I'd corrected that before anybody had noticed! It is an even more impressive qualification given there will never be a 2104 World Cup ;)
    You never know when the rules might change to every 2 years ;)

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    Default October / November update

    A frustrating couple of months underpinned with several injuries to key players which disrupted our form and formation. We had to come back from 2-0 down against Mont Cameroun and I was pleased to see such grit and determination from the players which had been missing when we hit the dodgy patch this far into the season last year, but in the next game we were poor again and were well beaten by Tonnerre.

    The 5-2 win against Aigle Royal was massively helped by the fact that they were down to 10 men for 70 minutes of the match and against YOSA we dominated the game but slipped up twice at the back and conceeded.

    Definitely concerned about how many goals we're conceeding at the moment - we need a clean sheet




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    Two comfortable wins in the Camerron Cup put us into the quarter finals and hopefully should help to restore some confidence in the league?


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    Another 2 disappointing results, albeit against much tougher opposition see us concede more goals and we've slumped down to 6th place in the league in time for the New Year



    New Years resolution = Must do better!

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    I agree with the New Years resolution. Need to start picking up results but I am confident you will.

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    Default January update

    Well, I said we needed to improve and we did. In fact we look a completely different team in 2013 and have picked up 12 points out of 15, slipping up only against Coton Sport, who we gave a really good game and only fell behind to a sneaky near post headed goal from a corner.

    Two new arrivals into the team have made all the difference - I had to offload some of my high wage earning first team players and whilst making a great bit of money I had been concerned that this would weaken the side - in fact the opposite happened and I managed to bring in 2 new players who were equal or better to the players leaving and the balance of my side now feels much, much better. Full transfer update to follow on the next post.


    Despite my great results, I've only moved up one place in the league table, but the teams around me are bunching up and I'm within touching distance of the continental qualifaction places. Astres are stretching ahead of the rest and if they can maintain their current form they will be hard for anybody to catch.



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    Much better .

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    Transfers out

    Jean-Marc Hatchi - Jean-Marc had great potential and I'd have liked to keep him at the club, but he was one of our highest paid players and his contract was starting to run out and with no prospect of being able to offer him a wage increase I was running the risk of losing him on a free. As a result he has become our record transfer and left to play in Belgium for a fee of £75k. I also managed to secure a 50% of future fee clause so if he does become a star the club may do very well from him!

    Aboubakar Traore - Abu initially joined the club on loan in Season 1 and then joined on a permanent deal - whilst a regular first team player he wasn't developing well enough and was never going to be a leading right back, so when an offer of £30k came in for him to move to Brazil I bit their hand off.

    Paulo Etamane - A player with decent potential, but at £250 a week was on too high a wage for a squad player only, so he has left for a relatively low £5k - this has balanced out my wage bill however

    Kameni and Kouagao were both young squad players who weren't making the grade and have moved to Brazil for a combined fee of £24k

    Transfers In

    Manuel Cabit - A young left winger from Martinique Cabit is a direct replacement for Hatchi but on half the wages. His stats were almost identical and he's a couple of years younger so has more time to develop - his initial performances however (4 assists and a goal in 5 games) suggest he may be twice the player that Hatchi was

    Kader Amadou - A direct replacement for Traore at right back, and on a higher wage (paid for by the departure of Etamane) but he has far better stats and will help to solidify my back line

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    With his team 5 points clear at the top of the table, the Astres manager decides to move on and take over the running of the Cameroon U-21 team ahead of the Toulon tournament.

    Astres rapidly appoint the Coton Sport youth coach as their new manager, but this doesn't stop them rapidly losing momentum and losing the next 2 games badly, pulling them back into the chasing pack for the title. 5 teams at the top within a point of each other now!

    We had another really strong month, only dropping points away to Sable who we hammerred all game, but just couldn't get the ball into the back of the net - much better than last seasons performances against Sable though!


    Another win in the cup sees us move into the semi-final for the second time in 2 seasons. We're up against Coton Sport again in the semi's though in what will be a very tough game.


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    Good results. Maybe a pick of the League table?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Good results. Maybe a pick of the League table?
    I'll have an update for later today - it's pretty tight!

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    Default Youth Intake Day

    The investment in our junior coaching shows the very first glimmering sides of paying off, with our first player of decent potential coming through the youth set-up





    Rodrigue Wamfor - some decent physical stats suggest that he does have some potential. He has immediately moved onto a specific training programme to improve his strength

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    A disappointing result against Tonnerre KC has probably taken away all the chances of a first title this season, we dominated all game but struggled to finish and they were clinical with the one chance that fell there way. Critically we rebounded well with a fantastic result against KSA which keeps them in my sights and keeps alive the chances of a finish within the continental qualification places. The title could go to any of 3 teams at the top.


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    Default We're into the cup final!

    Well Coton Sport certainly didn't put out a weakened side for this match as they did in the Quarter Finals last year, and we were reeling as they punched us again and again in the first 10 minutes, eventually resulting in a goal from an overhead kick.

    Things went from bad to worse in the 36th minute when Ze was sent off, but this galvanised the team and we started to fight our way back into the match. Young winger Adjahounou came on for Nassorou who had been disappointing and popped up in the box to score a stunning equaliser to set up extra time allowing us to take the match to penalties and snatch a stunning win to put us through into the final!!!!



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    Very close run thing, well done.

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    Great result against Cotton Sport!!!!!Maybe this will be the year of a title then? ;)

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    Good luck in the Final .

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    So with 3 games to go until the end of the season, things are really starting to look tasty at the top of the table with 5 clubs all with a chance of lifting the trophy.


    Tiko and Astres are both clearly in the driving seat, but the fixture list has brought up a number of key matches which will decide the destination of the trophy.......

    Bamboutos run in - whilst outsiders for the title, we still do have destiny in our hands with ties still to play against the Top 2. If we pick up 9 points, which will mean that the 2 leaders both drop 3, will give us an outside chance. If we don't manage to lift the trophy ourselves, we could well be the king makers

    Astres run in - If Astres beat us in the first of the 3 remaining games, they will be the favourites to go on and lift the title, with 2 home games against teams far further down the league and no continental competition to worry about.

    Tiko Utd run in - Two home games against other teams in the top 5, coupled with a 2-legged affair against Sundowns of South Africa make this an incredibly difficult run-in for the league leaders

    KSA run-in - Winning the league from 5th place is going to be a real challenge, but the game away to Tiko Utd is going to be absolutely key

    Coton Sport run-in - without a doubt the most straightforward set of fixtures, which could easily result in 9 points. They need to rely on both Tiko Utd and Astres slipping up and dropping points. Coton Sport could well be the Champions by the end of the season!
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    Wow, great end to the season in prospect.

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    That is a cracking end to the season.

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    So, we held up our end of the bargain and came out of the end of the season with 3 cracking win's to really put us in contention in the title race.


    Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough, and in fact by winning their first 2 games Tiko Utd had already confirmed the title prior to our win against then. Everybody else had slipped up on the way however, which resulted in us taking 2nd place, in what was a really tight finish!!!


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    As a result of our 2nd place finish it guarantees us Champions League football next season, regardless of what happens in the Cup


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    Default Cameroon Cup final day

    Unfortunately, it just wasn't our day in the Cameroon Cup final.......




    I'm not sure whether we faltered under the pressure of the occassion or whether we were just over-confident having not lost to Canon in the last 5 meetings, but we just started so poorly, and fell completely asleep at the back to conceded 2 goals in 14 minutes from Canon's first 2 attacks.

    That really woke us up and after the 2nd goal we upped our game and pinned them back into their own half. Indeed we managed to get one back ourselves to put us right back into the match - but in the end despite dominating possession and creating plenty of chances we just weren't clinical enough in front of goal and only managed the one shot on target.

    A disappointing end to a great run in the cup, but we'll be back next season to try and win that maiden trophy!

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    Great season overall. Shame about the cup final.

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    Default Season Review



    Chile_Paul's Career - Season Review - 2013/14 - Bamboutos FC


    Elite One League - 2nd place

    So close, but yet so far...........I feel that we have progressed massively as a team over the last season and have a much more balanced approach on the pitch. Without a doubt now we are challenging with the big hitters on all competition fronts, but we didn't quite manage to make it across the finishing line and lift a trophy. Next season we really need to prove ourselves - especially as 2 of our big players, Francis Ze and Justice Wamfor are in their mid 30's and probably don't have many more seasons in their legs - and win something

    Final League Table

    Transfers

    More sensible numbers of transfers this year as the core of my squad settles down, however given the clubs financial situation and limited income streams I had to balance the books. A number of squad players left for healthy transfer fees totalling £80k. The one first team player who I was reluctant to let go but couldn't really refuse was Jean-Marc Hatchi - but with a contract that was running down and an offer of £75k I coudn't say no.

    Coming in to the team were a number of players joining on freebie's and walking straight into the first eleven. Ntolla and Domingos walked straight into the back line as a new central defensive partnership and despite a poor showing in the cup final were solid. Franck Kanga was immense up front and scored the goals to catapult us up into 2nd place in the table

    Star signing - No contest this year as Franck Kanga picks up the award following a storming season - 13 goals and 6 assists in 25 games!

    Finances

    Even with a net transfer profit of £155k last season, we still ended up £60k in the Red, reducing our bank balance to -£260k. We desperately need to start increasing gate receipts, although with a measly ticket price of £1 I'm not sure it is going to make a difference.

    Luckily we have the Champions League to look forward to, and if we can make it through to the group stages then there is some serious cash to look forward to!

    Squad

    A much more balances squad, with some real potential to develop and progress

    Player of the Season - Franck Kanga - A tough choice, but Franck really did have a good season and has bags of potential

    Team of the Year


    Season Summary

    Next Season?

    The enticement of the Champions League will keep me here for the next 2 seasons unless we drop out very early. (the Champions League will start in the second half of this season and not conclude until the following season). I'm therefore targetting the cup and league titles within the next 2 seasons by which point it will be time to move on
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    Unlucky on missing out on top spot. Next year!

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    This is unfortunate, Nassourou had been looking to move to a bigger club and ended up handing in a transfer request - at least the transfer fee will pay off most of our debts though.....


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    On a more positive note, we now have a new Parent club - Americana are from Brazil and are clearly looking for an opportunity to pick up some bargain Cameroonian youngsters! In return they will pay me £15k per year





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    Default Mexico shock the world to lift the World Cup!









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    Congrats on the great league finish!

    Now please excuse me while I make rude gestures at the graphic showing Mexico winning the World Cup.

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    That's fantastic!

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    World Football News


    OK, this is the section that I'll use to fill you in on all the gossip, comings and goings and the breaking news stories from around the world of football. I'll normally only update once a year unless anything major happens mid-season

    Headlines
    • Javier Clemente resigned from his position as manager of Cameroon following the clubs exit in the group stages and announced his retirement from the sport. Domestic coach Bert Ebwelle, who recently won the MTN Elite One trophy with Tiko Utd is appointed to replace him, which is not likely to be taken well by the global stars of the international team.
    • Luka Modric became one of the worlds most expensive players as he jetted out of Tottenham to become one of the Galactico's of Real Madrid. Tottenham prospered in his absence however and managed to reach 5th place in the Premier League - a great result for manager Alex McLeish having almost seen Spurs relegated in the previous season
    • Shakhtar Donetsk continued to show the emergence of Eastern European teams as the financial powerhouses of Europe by splashing out a combined £47m on Abel Hernandez and Yann M'Villa
    • Liverpool boss Marcelo Bielsa had been blown away by Andriy Yarmalenko's performances for Ukraine in the world cup where he finished 3rd place in the goal of the tournament competition and shelled out £17.5m to bring him to Anfield
    • Alan Shearer was awarded the English Premier Division's manager of the season award for his efforts in lifting Everton into 7th place in the table
    • Pep Guardiola was announced as the new Spain boss following their semi-final defeat at the hands of France in the world cup. Roberto Mancini was tempted away from the streets of Manchester to take over at Barcelona and Rafa Benitez has been given the opportunity by the regime at the Ettihad to return to England and challenge to retain the Premier League title.
    • Danny Cadamarteri's first managerial role in Wigan ended in disaster as they were relegated to the Championship for the 2nd time in 3 years. Cadamarteri had been appointed after previous manager Glenn Roeder had moved to take the reins at Derby, but he wasn't available to avoid the drop and a number of key players including James McCarthy have now left the club as Wigan attempt to balance the books in preparation for a year in the Championship
    • Another rookie coach, in the form of Norwich's Chris Smith, is also looking for new employment having been unable to persuade his employers of his credentials, despite avoiding relegation for the second year in the row. The League Manager's Association have lodged official complaints with the Premier League over Smith's treatment, but Norwich have already hired ex-AZ manager Gertjan Verbeek to replace him
    • Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid side continued their dominance as they lifted the Champions League for the 3rd season in succession after beating Man City on penalties in the final. Already at the age of 51, Mourinho is widely recognised as being the second best manager of all time, behind only Alex Ferguson
    • Fiorentina lifted the Europa League title thanks to a single goal from Stevan Jovetic in a 1-0 victory against Lyon. This means that Spanish clubs have now won 5 of the last 6 European competitions!
    • Chelsea fans were disappointed as Florent Malouda announced his retirement as a player at the age of 34. Despite only being an infrequent squad player, Malouda remained a favourite of the Stamford Bridge fans and will be sorely missed. Over on the other side of the Atlantic David Beckham also thought it was time to announce his retirement from the game in order to spend more time on his new career in politics!

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    - 1st Liverpool 2nd Man City 3rd Man United
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    Chile_Paul's Career - Season 4 Preview - Bamboutos de Mbouda



    Media Expectations:
    Media Prediction: 7th

    Board Expectations:
    Elite One - Achieve a respectable league position
    Cameroon Cup - Quarter finals
    CAF Champions League - No expectations set


    My Expectations:
    Elite One - Mount a serious title challenge
    Cameroon Cup - Go that one step further and lift the trophy
    CAF Champions League - Enjoy the experience. Making the group stage will earn some serious dough!

    Squad:
    The main changes have occurred up front where Moussa Nassourou left to play in Norway and I bought in two older and more experienced players in to replace him. Emile Mbamba and Weaka Wisseh both have stats as strong as Nassourou and either should be able to play alongside Kanga and supplement his goals. Otherwise I've bought in Duplex Kanga, another more experienced midfielder to provide competition and depth to my midfield and a number of youngsters who won't be regulars in my first team this season but will break into the side in future years.

    Backroom Staff:
    Andrzej Perkins, my only English coach has left the club as he was overpaid and wasn't really up to the job and Vincent Job joins as a long overdue goalkeeping coach

    Transfers:
    Much balancing of the books this season has seen a number of higher paid players leave the club on big transfers with more players joining but on lower wages - therefore providing more squad depth which will be required when we start competing on 3 fronts..... Toussaint Adome who has been on loan with the club from KSA for 2 seasons now has also joined on a permanent deal

    Duplex Kanga - an experienced midfielder who joined from KSA. I know KSA are struggling financially at the minute, but I can't understand why they've let this guy leave.
    Emile Mbamba - a front man with a CV detailing spells across Europe and most recently Indonesia, he should help to make up for the loss of Nassourou's goals
    Weaka Wisseh - my second striker to join in the window, Weaka is a capped international for Liberia and has plenty of talent
    Jovanie Tchoutacha - a young defender who joined on a free from Coton Sport who currently represents Cameroon at U-21 level. A real talent for the future.


    Finances:
    Wage Budget: £4,391 p/w (£3,884 p/w) £505 p/w
    Wage Bill: £4,343 p/w (£4,189 p/w) £156 p/w
    Transfer Budget: £5.8k (£5.8k) N/A
    Bank Balance: -£106,634

    Average Ticket price: £1.00 (£1.00)
    Season Ticket Holders: 1,225 (1,190)
    Season Ticket price: £2.00 (£2.00)
    Estimated club value: £150k (£120k) £30k

    Reputation:
    Club Reputation: National
    Ranking within Cameroon: 10th (12th) +2
    Cameroonian world ranking: 17th (56th) +39
    Elite One competition ranking within Africa: 25th (22nd) -3

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    Love your world football news section mate. Always nice to see how things are coming along not only in terms of your career, but also the other footballing news that doesn't necessarily concern you so!

    Plus your career is going pretty well so far and I love the set up of this thread so keep it up mate!

    Just a quick question on all the career updates I follow... how are Leeds doing please :L?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaUlHuNtInGtOnLuFcBoY View Post
    Love your world football news section mate. Always nice to see how things are coming along not only in terms of your career, but also the other footballing news that doesn't necessarily concern you so!

    Plus your career is going pretty well so far and I love the set up of this thread so keep it up mate!

    Just a quick question on all the career updates I follow... how are Leeds doing please :L?

    Cheers
    Thanks, I'll try to remember to include an annual Leeds update. You'll be saddened to know that they went down into League 1 at the end of the 2012/13 season, although jumped straight back up as champions. They're currently mid table after 14 games. After sacking Simon Grayson in March 2012 the quickly went through two other managers in the form of Nigel Adkins and Gary Smith. Current manager, Richard Money has been in charge since December 2013. Jonny Howson is captain and the most notable transfer was Robert Snodgrass moving to Bolton for £3.1m

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    Default August / September update

    The fixture computer has been really tough to us this season and we've got early away games to Astres, KSA and Canon to contend with, couple with a huge gap between the first 2 fixtures in August / September and the next match in October.

    As a result it was imperative that we got a good start as we had done in previous seasons - against Sable however we were disappointing, and seemingly had lost some of the balance and confidence that we'd had as a team at the end of last season. Things had started so well, with Franck Kanga popping up with the first goal after the 5th minute, but after that we struggled and let Sable back in to pick up a point.

    The away game against Astres was a much tougher affair and I was far more realistic about our chances of picking up 3 points - and things were looking very bad when we were 2-0 down after only 19 minutes. With a huge amount of luck though we bounced back, they conceeded an own goal after 32 minutes to let us back into the match, and shortly after half time, it was that man again Franck Kanga who tucked in the equaliser with our only shot on goal all game.

    So 2 points for 2 games, definitely not title-chasing form, but not a disaster either. Now we have a month long holiday before our next league match



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    First round of the cup was un-inspiring. I put both of my new front men together in attack, hoping that they would have an easy time bagging a couple of goals against easy non-league opposition. In fact neither of them had a shot on target all game and we had to rely on an own goal from the opposition to put us through. The second round against Renaissance was much better, feeling more like the team from last season!



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    We started the month as we had finished August and September with another score draw away to KSA. Despite being worried about taking only 3 points in the first 3 games, the team rallied immediately afterwards and went on a great winning run during October. We're still a fair way behind the leaders, but are now looking much better than we were after the first 3 games.

    Weaka Wisseh has now found his goal scoring boots after a slow start and capped off a great October with 7 goals in 6 games, including a hat-trick in the match against Renaissance.

    If you include Canon, we've now played 3 of the top 5 away from home and not lost - so that is a good position to build from.




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    A nice little record to break.........


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    Coton Sport did incredibly well to reach the final, having not really been given much of a chance of even qualifying for the group stages! However they were well outclassed when they did make it, losing heavily over 2 legs to their Tunisian opponents.

    They will have picked up a load of cash though, £606k for the losers on top of some serious win money in the group stages, which will make them a force to beware of in the coming years. Hopefully it will also have given the overall Cameroonian game a boost in the African competition rankings


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    Our great run continues, with only one slip up against Coton Sport. I had hoped that they would be sufferring from fatigue coming into this match from their Champions League exploits, but they were strong from the first minute and scored an early headed goal from a corner. We fought back and equalised before half time, but in the end they were too strong and took all 3 points.

    I was concerned that this might dent our confidence and mark the start of a slide, and whilst we were nowhere near as strong as we had been against both Tonnerre and Panthere du Nde we managed to sneak 6 points out of them and re-assert ourselves as credible title contenders.




    Coton Sport really are setting up a very strong title challenge and it is going to be very difficult for any of the chasing pack to catch them if they can maintain their current form.


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    Going along quite nicely so far.

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    CAF Champions League winners ES Tunis continued to represent the African continent extremely well and made it through to the FIFA World Club Cup final after beating Vasco on penalties in the semi-final.

    Real Madrid, however, were not prepared to risk losing this competition for the 3rd time in a row and were devastating........

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    A straight forward win in the cup means that we've met the board's expectations and have an away draw against a team from the division below in order to make the semi's.

    It was an even more impressive performance given that Franck Kanga was sent off for a scything challenge whilst the scores were 0-0. The downside is that we're now going to be missing our top goalscorer for the next 3 matches.

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    So, half way through the season and the team are absolutely buzzing and playing some stunning football.



    The 5-1 away win against last year's league champions was a joy to behold, Franck Kanga picked up another 2 goals to add to his tally and it looked as though we were going to score every time we went forward. The 1-0 victory over PWD Bamenda looks much tighter than it actually was, in reality though it was us versus their goalkeeper and it took until the 82 minute for Manuel Cabit to score a screamer into the top corner from a tight angle.

    The title could well turn into a 3 horse race with the other teams starting to drop points - and we're home to Astres in the next game - bring it on!


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    One notable piece of transfer business to update you on at the halfway point.

    Makarani Kingwande has moved to Elite Two side Impots FC for £30k - he was a promising youngster, but wasn't getting enough game time to progress and given other options higher up the pecking order I opted to move him on.

    In his wake I've bought in Conte Vamadouba who will be a regular squad player and a long term replacement for Justice Wamfor



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    Good improvement from a slow start.
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    Picking up nicely now.

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    Very good results, clearly in the Title challenge

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    Enjoying the career so far! Match ticket £1 Season tickets £2

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    You're right there for the title! Good luck in catching it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Hook View Post
    Enjoying the career so far! Match ticket £1 Season tickets £2
    I just wonder who the 2,500 mugs are who turn up and pay £1 for every game and spend £13 for the season, when they could have bought a season ticket for £2!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cswalk08 View Post
    You're right there for the title! Good luck in catching it.
    Thanks, I might need it to catch Coton Sport!

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    My first offer of international management, albeit at a very low level - what do you all think?


    I should perhaps point out that the role of an African U20's manager in my save is not a quiet one, as there are 3 main competitions that I'd be competing for on either a 2 or 4 year cycle, on top of the normal U20 competitions:

    CAF U20 African Championship
    Jeux de la Francophone
    WAFU U20 Cup

    Should I take the job offer?

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    Hmm, I probably wouldn't myself.

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    Might be fun, depends on how big the pool of players is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Might be fun, depends on how big the pool of players is.
    Yeah, there is a substantial pool of players given that I have almost all of the African leagues loaded - 87 already in the National Pool eligible for the U-20's and circa 400 others on the player search. Anyway I've decided to take the job and see how we get on........Still looking for my maiden title on this career save and maybe I'll get it with Mali U-20's?



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    Well we didn't mae it easy for ourselves, conceeding in the 91st minute and having to rely on extra time, but we're through to our 3rd Cameroon Cup semi-final in 3 years........

    A tough game against KSA to get through, but we're at home and they have really dropped their level of performance this season, so we have a good chance of making the final, where we could well be up against Coton Sport!



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    The league had been going so well with yet another winning run extending for 6 games, but coming up to Coton Sport away from home we needed to ensure that we got a draw to prevent them from pulling further away.

    We performed well for the first half and despite them taking the lead, we matched them and pulled one back not long before half time. However in the second half they powered away and really showed their class, snatching 2 wonderful goals.

    This wouldn't have been a complete disaster, if we continued to win games, but after a relatively comfortable win against Mont Cameroun we faced another tough game at home against 3rd placed Canon who were trailling 4 points behind us. We started well and took an early lead, but Canon were absolutley clinical on the counter-attack. Despite us having the vast majority of possession and chances, they scored 2 fantastic goals where they ran the length of the pitch to slot home. 4 shots on goal, 4 shots on target and 3 goals - gutting. Coton Sport are now 8 points clear in the title race and Canon are only a point behind us.






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    A really great performance by Cameroon, although they didn't quite make the final step. Samuel Eto'o is less than popular with the fans having been sent off for a stupid tackle in the semi-final which meant that he was suspended for the final game against South Africa.

    South Africa are really showing their strength in this competion - runners up in 2012, semi-finalists in 2013 and finally winners in 2015. They had a tough route to reach the final this year as well!






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    Our first adventure into the CAF Champions League sees us progress through to the second round after an easy win against Miembine of Zanzibar, however the draw has not been kind to us and we'll be extremely lucky to get passed last season's CAF Confederations Cup winners Sundowns.



    The money spinning group stages seem a very, very long way off at the moment..........
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    Ouch, be good if you can run them close though.

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    Default Youth Intake Day

    A few more promising prospects coming into the ranks to bolster myU20 and reserve squad, but I'm not yet convinced that I'm seeing value for money for the increased investment that I'm putting into the youth set-up (my junior coaching busget is now circa £12k per month, which for a club who's average ticket price is only £1 is a heck of a lot of money)




    Ghislain M'Pondo - always a concern when your most promising youth prospect is listed as Unambitious; at least if he turns out to be any good he'll be less interested in big money moves elsewhere!

    Gustave Atangana - some ok Defensive Midfielder stats, but has a very long way to go in order to break into the first team.

    Armand Dubois Abouna - worryingly low physical attributes for a midfielder

    David Etame - I would argue one of the more promising of the 4, at least he has some good technical charecteristics, maybe he can become a set piece specialist?

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    African U-20 Championship

    So, my international career (if you can call U-20's tournaments as proper internationals) launched me straight into the deep end with the African U-20 championship with no prior friendlies in which I could learn about my squad.

    Things got off to a bad start, with a disastrous 4-1 against Ghana - we started well enough in a 4-1-2-2-1 formation, but when we went a goal behind I reverted to my Bamboutous 4-4-2 formation which really didn't suit the team and Ghana managed to find holes all over my defence and rip us apart.

    The next game was much better and we stuck to the original 4-1-2-2-1 formation throughout. However despite dominating throughout the game against Guinea we couldn't find the winning goal and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.........

    .....and so the reality of international management struck home, 2 games in with only 1 point on the board we were faced with the prospect of having to win our remaining game against the hosts Senegal and hope that Ghana beat Guinea in order for us to progress. Luckily we were able to repeat the performance against Guinea but also find the required goals and ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. The only downside is that our leading striker from Monaco, Emmanuel Traore got himself sent off which meant that if we did qualify for the semi's he would be suspended.........

    .....and qualify we did, with Ghana beating Guinea 1-0 after Guinea had also gone down to 10 men.

    So, my first tournament and we through to the semi-finals......


    The bonus surprise is that qualifying for the semi's has given me automatic qualification for the U-20 World Cup as well!

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    .............and a really good 2-0 win in the semi-final see's us through to the final! A great achievement for my first tournament in charge of the team.

    We'll be lining up against Nigeria in the final, who had a dominant win against Ghana in the semi's

    Road to the Final - Nigeria



    Road to the Final - Mali


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    Unfortunately, however Mali U-20's will still be searching for their first African Youth championship trophy having been thoroughly outplayed by the Super Eagles.

    We competed well in the first half but Nigeria stole the lead after 38 minutes. After half time we had no choice but to move to a more attacking mentality and as we pushed forward we left more and more gaps at the back which they exploited to the full. In the end the scoreline flattered Nigeria but they didn't care as they went on to lift their 7th African Youth title





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    So, life has been pretty hectic as a Football Manager since taking on the Mali U-20 job, whilst the youth championship has been going on I've also had the semi-final of the Cameroon Cup to compete in as well as the ongoing league battle.

    Maybe the travelling back and forth to Senegal meant that my preparation for the cup wasn't as good as it should have been, and the team weren't on form as we went up against KSA. Despite that, they were also poor having been on a poor run of 5 games without a win, and the result wimpered out into a goalless draw - the first game that we've played in over a year without scoring!

    As a result the decision as to who would make it to the final, where in a huge shock they would be facing Tonnerre KC rather than Coton Sport , rested on penalties. With a number of my normal penalty takers missing because of injury, suspension and earlier substitutions the result was far from certain, but in the end the trusty foot of Conte Vamdabouda put us into the final for the second time in 2 seasons!



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    Back in the league I had recovered my winning formula, following the disappointing 2 results against Coton Sport and Canon, and once again we were staring to put together a winning run.


    Critcally though the league leaders Coton Sport had started to drop points with several draws, and suddenly we had a genuine title race back on with only one point splitting us from Coton Sport.




    The situation therefore was simple, it would take a mircale for either Astres or Canon to catch us and therefore my only focus was on taking 9 points and hoping the Coton Sport slipped up in one of their 3 remaining games.

    Bamboutos run-in - less than straightforward with 2 away games against Tonnerre KC and PWD Bamenda, neither of whom would be push over's despite their low league position and a very challenging home game against last years league winners Tiko Utd

    Coton Sport run-in - arguably the tougher of the 2, although with the benefit of more home games, after a tough away fixture against KSA they have a very straight forward home game against YOSA followed by their second home tie against Canon

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    As expected, the match up against Sundowns in the first round proper of the Champions League was one challenge too many for this season. We fought against them well in the first leg at home and in fact we had the majority of the possession, however they were doing a lot more with it and looking dangerous up front.

    They got the away goal that they were looking for, and despite Justice Wamfor equalising from a direct free kick they had done what they needed to and took the advanatage into the return leg.

    Back In South Africa, they were clearly feeling comfortable in front of their home crowd and whilst we made a game of it, and once again had our fair share of possession they were absolutely clinical and picked up 4 goals, with a hat-trick by the absolutely stunning Francis Kahata - if only I had a few players like him!


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    Default The title race - the final push

    Well, we almost threw away our chances in the first of our final 3 must win games against Tonerre KC. We were missing a few first team players and it was Franck Kanga's first full game back after injury and he was short of form. I was however afforded the luxury of knowing that it was almost impossible for me to lose 2nd place and as a result as the game progressed I was able to take a more gung-ho attitude. Even so, however I was struggling to break Tonnerre down and find a way through their well organised defence and they were posing a problem on the counter-attack.

    With 10 minutes to go I made the decision to bring Justice Wamfor up from defence and into his more favoured midfield role, introducing Robert Ntolla back into central defence for his first game after returning from 5 weeks out through injury, and as we got more and more desperate I moved to a 4-2-4 formation. As the clock ran down I well and truly thought we'd thrown it away, until with the last kick of the game Rodrigue Wamfor (YP4) lofted in a high cross from deep and it was that man Justice Wamfor who rose above the Tonnerre KC goalkeeper to head in the winner! Talk about nail-biting stuff!

    The game against Tiko United on paper should have been much harder, but Franck Kanga was back on form with 2 great goals to set up the win, before Weaka Wisseh stuck in a 3rd.



    So, the question on everybody's lips is could Coton Sport keep up their run and keep the race alive into the final weekend.........

    In their first game, they managed a comfortable 2-0 win against KSA, but to everybody's shock they bottled it in front of their home fans against the easiest opponents and failed to score against YOSA. Critically this means that we have the advantage going into the final game of the season, one more victory and we're the champions!

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    Wow, looks like a tight final day.

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    So, we went into our final game of the season requiring a win to guarantee the title. Understandably, there was a great deal of nervousness in the camp in the build up to the game and this was obvious in the first few minutes with some basic mistakes and misplaced passess. As time went on however we established ourselves in the game and started to create some chances. In the 40th minute we finally got the break through we were looking for and took the lead with a goal from winger Emil Atangana.

    In an added bonus, the news came through that Canon were holding Coton Sport to a 1-1 draw, but then in the 2nd added minute of first half injury time Canon had their leading striker sent off - could they hold Coton Sport for another 45 minutes with only 10 men?

    Early into the second half the pressure jumped up as news came in that Coton Sport had made their extra man count and taken the lead - as a result we really couldn't afford to slip up as an equaliser from Bamenda would hand the title back to Coton Sport!

    As the minutes counted down, the mistakes started to slip back into our game and Bamenda picked up more and more chances, but finally in the 90th minute as Bamenda's latest attack broke down, we counter-attacked, Franck Kanga crossed into the box, Haman Koutan shot from wide which was saved by the keeper, but Weaka Wisseh played his role to perfection as a poacher and slammed the rebound into the back of the net......... we'd done it, the Coton Sport result was irrelevant, we were champions!!!!


    It didn't have any relevance in the end but Coton Sport won the game against Canon....... so it was the failure to win against YOSA that lost them the title.


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    Default Cup Final Day

    We had to keep the celebrations from the league win relatively short, with a tough game in the cup final against Tonerre KC only a few days away - despite all my efforts though I couldn't stop all of the celebrations following the clubs only ever league win!

    On paper the final against Tonerre should be relatively straight forward, but they'd pushed us all the way only a few games back and my record against them reads played 4, won 2 and lost 2. They've also got a number of players that I'm coveting and would love to bring into my side in the form of Willy Boumsong and William Diabakala, so they're not a team to be messed around with.

    Bamboutos Route to the Final

    After an un-inspiring start to the cup run with a poor 1-0 win against Best Stars our form definitely picked up with good wins against Elite One sides Renaissance and Sable. We almost slipped up away to Elite Two side Esparance Guider, but recovered to win in extra time and then relied on the pot luck of a penalty shoot out to get passed KSA




    Tonnerre KC Route to the Final

    With the exception of the semi-final win against Coton Sport, this was a straight forward set of fixtures as you could hope for with 3 non-league ties and a home match against a team in Elite Two.


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    In the end, this was a walk in the park with Tonnerre KC failing to turn up. We took the lead in the 4th minute with a well struck penalty from Duplex Kanga (incidentally our first penalty of the season) and we were already playing Tonnerre off the field when they harshly had their centre back sent off for a tackle on Franck Kanga as he was motoring up the park, their player was definitely not the last man however, so the referee did us a favour.

    Domingos scored the second, volleying the ball after a corner from Emil Atangana, to make the game safe - really Tonnerre were so bad, we could and should have scored more!

    Never mind though, because we've done the double!!!!


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    Some more good news, which sees us matching the junior coaching in place at KSA and Brasseries who are continually churning out some really exciting prospects.

    I just wish I had some finds available to encourage the board to improve the training and youth training facilities!


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    Congrats on the double!

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    Congratulations on a fantastic season! Do you think you'll be able to start making inroads in the Champions League soon? Are you going to stick it out in Cameroon until you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave. View Post
    Congratulations on a fantastic season! Do you think you'll be able to start making inroads in the Champions League soon? Are you going to stick it out in Cameroon until you do?
    Bamboutos FC are refusing to comment on speculation that manager Paul Scholey, having just lifted the Cameroon Cup and the Elite One league table, is about to leave the club, stating only that Scholey, who is under contract until the end of the 2015/16 season is currently making preparations for next season.


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    Chile_Paul's Career - Season Review - 2014/15 - Bamboutos FC


    Elite One League - Champions

    A really stunning performance this season saw us champions of Cameroon, lifting both the Elite One trophy and the Cameroon cup. Perhaps the only downside was the fact that we had to rely on Coton Sport slipping up elsewhere as they outplayed and beat us in both fixtures and we failed to come up against them in the cup after Tonnerre knocked them out in the semi-final.

    The other disappointment of course, was in the Champions League where we came up against much stronger opposition in the first round proper. The concern is that there were a number of other teams in that same draw who we would have struggled against and we would need to win in both the first and second rounds in order to make it the money spinning group stages.........

    Final League Table

    Transfers

    We ended the season comfortably in profit from our transfer dealings with big money dealings for Jean-Marc Hatchi and Moussa Nassourou as they left the club, with players of equal if not better quality joining on free transfers. The money was well needed given the financial challenges on the club.

    Jacques Momha - Jacques was bought in as my first choice left back and cover for left midfield, but he struggled to settle in the club and after a few games he was dropped to make room for Tchouatcha and he struggled to make the position his own after that. Jacques has now retired......

    Jovanie Tchouatcha - Introduced into the squad as a youth prospect I didn't expect him to make much of an impact on the first team, but when we was given his chance he jumped at it and had a fantastic season. Now a regular member of the back four, as long as I can dissuade any larger clubs from making a bid that I can't refuse

    Emile Mbamba - Emile had a shocking first 3 or 4 games and with his confidence at a low ebb I thought I had made a mistake bringing him in, but whilst he never looked like being a world beater he slowly recovered during the season and has established himself as a good squad player

    Gatean Savi - Another youth prospect, didn't dazzle me in his few early appearances so I shipped him out to YOSA on loan for the season - worryingly he didn't manage to score a goal for them so I'm worried that he might not have what it takes

    Weaka Wisseh - The pressure was on Weaka from the start as he came in on high wages of £400 p/w and it took him a few games to gel with stike partner Franck Kanga, but a few games in he started to perform and went on to have a dazzling season, scoring 16 goals and taking the Elite One golden boot! Star Signing

    Finances

    Another healthy net transfer profit of £208k last season, along with increased prize money from our appearances in the Champions League saw a net profit of £98k. As a result our bank balance has improved to circa £150k in the Red.

    We need to make it through to the latter stages of the Champions League next season to really bring home some money!

    Squad

    Player of the Season - Franck Kanga - A really tough choice this year, as there were plenty of candidates but Franck had another good season and despite not being our top goalscorer (he played in fewer games because of injury) he really scored the goals in the important games when it mattered.

    Fan's Player of the Season - A bit of a surprise to me when I heard how they'd voted, but they picked Claudio Jose Domingos. Undoubtedly a great performer for the team, he was a rock at the centre of defence and popped up with some important goals at the right times.


    Team of the Year


    Season Summary

    Next Season?

    We'll have to wait and see; I'm under contract for another season, but I hadn't expected to win both the league and the cup this year..... plus we're out of the Champions League campaign and the next campaign will take up 2 whole seasons.

    I don't like walking out on clubs when I'm contracted to them, but if I get the right offer from the right team than I might be tempted. Come the end of the season I'll definitely be leaving unless I know I've already qualified for the Champions League group stages.

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