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After weeks of deliberation, sharing ideas back and forth between the Kumba and Pittsburgh offices of CFDP, we have finally agreed on the theme for the 2014 Fall Season. It was with great care that we took into consideration the situation of our youth in Kumba as well as boys and girls in areas where we have laid the groundwork for expansion: Ndu in the Northwest Region and Mamfe in the Southwest Region.

This season, the theme will be PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY with a focus on: Time management, Fair play, and Good Sportsmanship. Coaches will familiarize themselves with these topics during CFDP’s Coaches Clinics planned for the coming weeks. Once the season kicks off, coaches will incorporate teaching these values to their players with Coaches Across Continents games and small group discussions to enhance their practices.

Our vision by the end of the season:

Practices and games will start on time with the teams exchanging handshakes (an international gesture of Goodwill) and be played with a “no yellow cards” mentality with specific attention to the quality play without infraction.

 

This season, coaches will implement some of the games they learned during Coaches Across Continents training hosted by CFDP in June.

This season, coaches will implement some of the games they learned during Coaches Across Continents training hosted by CFDP in June.

 

 

Members of the Cameroon Community in Pittsburgh joined staff and volunteers of Cameroon Football Development Program (CFDP) at Highmark Stadium on Saturday, September 6th for the final home game of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Professional Soccer Team. The United Soccer League (USL) Pro Team has donated dozens of boxes of soccer equipment to support the CFDP’s sport-based youth development programs in Cameroon since 2011. On this night, youth players from the Riverhounds Development Academy and Century United F.C. joined youth from the Cameroon Community of Pittsburgh for the traditional “jersey exchange” to symbolize the connection the beautiful game creates between youth in Pittsburgh and in Kumba, where the majority of CFDP’s programs run.

The Cameroonians were well represented at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds game. From left, Isiah Mobit Jr, Franck Fotie, Brice Wambal, Justin Forzano, Isiah Mobit Sr, and Eugene Mobit.

The Cameroonians were well represented at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds game. From left, Isiah Mobit Jr, Franck Fotie, Brice Wambal, Justin Forzano, Isiah Mobit Sr, and Eugene Mobit.

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Players from Riverhounds Development Academy stand along side youth and young adults from the Cameroon Community of Pittsburgh, who represent all of the children playing in CFDP’s enrichment leagues back home in the African country.

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As the announcer called the names of each player, they exchanged jerseys with their brothers from another continent.

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Players from the Riverhounds Development Academy and youth from the Cameroon Community of Pittsburgh gather for a group snap shot after exchanging jerseys.

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Emeline Leubou, of the Cameroon Community of Pittsburgh, represents her nation in the 2014 World Cup replica jersey.

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Two brothers. Different mothers. Pittsburgh-based, Wambal Brice and CFDP Founder Justin Forzano stand together after the jersey exchange.

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Shout out to our wonderful friend, supporter, volunteer, and tonight’s photographer, Becca Burns, and AMO the Riverhounds mascot!

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CFDP enthusiast and Yaounde-native, Wambal Brice stops to take a snap with AMO the Riverhounds mascot.

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