Fifa committee to run Cameroon football
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Fifa committee to run Cameroon football

Posted NDI EUGENE NDI in Yaoundé

on  Thursday, August 24   2017 at  15:36

World football governing body Fifa has appointed a committee to run the troubled Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT).

The Fifa 'normalisation committee' is aimed at ending the wrangles that have plagued FECAFOOT since 2015.

A Fifa statement on Wednesday said the decision came after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the current FECAFOOT executive committee be dissolved.

The committee came into office in 2015 following a disputed election.

Claimed victory

The arbitration chamber of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee had earlier invalidated the controversial election in which Tombi Roko Sidiki claimed victory.

Fifa also said the decision followed its “recent failed attempts to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse”.

The committee, to be jointly identified by Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf), will revise the FECAFOOT statutes and ensure new elections ‘not later than February 28, 2018’.

“The committee will act as an electoral agency and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions,” the Fifa statement stated.

Four years

FECAFOOT director of marketing and communication Laurence Fotso said the Cameroon FA had been notified of the Fifa decision.

“Internal consultations as well as the necessary discussions with the Cameroonian government are underway. An official statement from FECAFOOT will be communicated in due time,” she said.

It is the second time in four years that a Fifa committee will be managing the Cameroon FA.

The world soccer governing body temporarily suspended Cameroon in 2013, citing government interference in the football federation. It also appointed [then] a normalisation committee to run the FA.