Cameroonian clubs were among the best in Africa during CAF’s early years due to the exploits of Oryx Douala in the 1960’s and then Canon Yaoundé in the 70’s and early 80’s. Founded in 1961, the national championship was dominated early in its existence by the Douala and Yaoundé-based clubs who had prior histories before independence. However, other areas of the country have established influential clubs in the league which has been known as the MTN Elite One since 2007. Along with other sub-Saharan African leagues, the Elite One’s influence in CAF competition has faded in recent years following the regular domination of North African teams.
The league system and academies in Cameroon have been efficient at obtaining opportunities for talented young players. The Kadji Sports Academy continues to be an example of one of Africa’s most accomplished with a number of graduates moving on to great accomplishments. One of their graduates, the famous Samuel Eto’o, started his own academy that has provided opportunities to players on the strength of his connections forged from time in Europe. Unlike many of its peers in CAF, Cameroon has established a way to provide opportunities to players from all over the country rather than certain cities and regions because of forward-thinking entrepreneurial efforts.