The smooth running of the Southwest Regional League is under serious threat from Interquarter competitions as players in the region now prefer it to the Regional League.
During the commencement of the second round of the League, three clubs failed to show up there by disrupting match schedules.
According to reports, these players have abandoned their clubs to seek greener pastures in interquarters.
Ekona FC, Barca Junior and Bau Manibok all failed to show up as their opponents, St Peters, Kumba Lakers and America for Africa respectively all answered present.
The lack of professionalism in the league and clubs are some of the things that are pushing players to choose interquarter competitions over the Regional League.
Some teams do not pay their players or at times give them stiffens which cannot see them leave an average life.
Some players in a season in a club cannot boost of receiving up to FCFA 5,000 from their club throughout the season.
Meanwhile, a match in an Interquarter competition can see a play been paid at least FCFA 15.000 or more depending on his bargaining power and worth.
In some situations, these players prefer the support in Interquarter competitions since there; the population is always out in their numbers cheering the players as they play.
The poor nature of the League has seen it witnessed a drastic decrease in attendants during match days.
These and many more are some of the reasons that pushed these players to prefer this holiday championships.
Reacting to the failure of clubs to answer present on match day, the Secretary General of the Southwest Regional League, John Mayebi, promised draconian punishments for teams that will absent from matches without prior notice.
“Any club(s) that will absent a match without concrete reasons and due procedure, should have themselves to blame.
The secretariat of FECAFOOT will only subscribe to excuses that would have met up to the prescriptions of the text, Mayebi quipped.
He also, cautioned teams to treat their players well in order to prevent them from chosing interquarter competitions over club football.
“We wish to advise clubs to take good care of their players to avoid them from taking inter-quarters matches more important than their clubs assignments,” Southwest FECAFOOT SG said.
Out of the 8 games scheduled to take place on July 30 across the region, only three took place with the following results recorded. Games between Continental against Buea United and CUSA versus Maumu Youth FC all failed to take place.
EEMSA 2-1 Best Stars
Prisons FC 3-2 Dynamic FC
Tiko United 0-1 Njalla Quan SA