Police and Gendarmerie officers have surrounded the headquarters of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT. The security forces dressed ready for riots surrounded the building in Tsinga, Yaounde this morning.
Though the reasons for their presence is yet to be revealed, observers say it was feared supporters of the FECAFOOT executive which was delegitimised by FIFA yesterday, could clash with followers of Abdourahman Amadou of Etoile Filante de Garoua FC who sued for the annulation of the Tombi a Roko-led executive.
The Bureau of the FIFA Council, August 23, 2017 appointed a normalisation committee for FECAFOOT. Going by a press statement from the world football governing organisation, the decision sprung from the confirmation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of the decision of the “Chambre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage du Comité Olympique et Sportif du Cameroun” (CCA/CNOSC) to annul the electoral process that led to the election of the current FECAFOOT executive committee in 2015.
The release further states that the creation of a normalisation committee was inevitable following recent failed attempts by FIFA to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.
The committee, according to the provisions in the decision, will run the daily affairs of FECAFOOT; draft new statutes in consultation with all stakeholders and in compliance with FIFA’s Statutes and standards as well as mandatory national law; review the statutes of the regional and departmental leagues and ensure their alignment with the FECAFOOT statutes; identify the delegates of the FECAFOOT general assembly and of the regional and departmental leagues; and organise and conduct elections of a new FECAFOOT executive committee.
“The normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA and CAF mission scheduled to take place very shortly. The committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections. The specified period of time during which the normalisation committee shall perform its functions shall expire no later than 28 February 2018.”the statement read in part.