« It is particularly regrettable for CAF that at a time when the main commitment of Cameroonian footballers should be the organization of an exceptional CAN, the efforts of FECAFOOT are destroyed by a case already closed by the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). It is following this missive from FIFA-CAF, that the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) finally held its Extraordinary General Assembly on July 13, 2021, at the Mont Febe Hotel.
According to Fatma Samoura and Veron Mosengo-Omba, the reasons put forward by the Minister of Sports and referred to Mamadi Mahamat, sub-prefect of Yaoundé 2nd district, can not be a brake on the holding of this EGM (Extraordinary General Assembly). « We therefore invite FECAFOOT to continue its organizational preparations and ask the authorities to support it in this process. These two general secretaries go even further by shouting in fixed terms that a sanction from FIFA would lead to a withdrawal of the organization of the CAN in Cameroon.
During this meeting very tense at the beginning, which had been banned and then authorized the day before by Mamadi Mahamat, sub-prefect of Yaoundé 2nd district and Pr Narcisse Mouette Kombi, Minister of Sports, with the reasons « non-compliance with the applicable texts; not respecting the spirit of the judgments rendered by the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and the CNOSC (National Olympic and Sports Committee of Cameroon) causing the illegality of the persons convened for the EGM of July 13, 2021; non-compliance with its own texts by FECAFOOT », the Federation has adopted its new statutes. They were voted by the various delegates of the apex body from the ten regions with 99 votes for, 11 against and 2 invalid votes. Basically, nothing has really changed despite the time spent behind closed doors, that is to say 7 hours of clock, to scan the old statutes
With a quorum of 82 delegates and a representative of the Confederation of African Football CAF and FIFA, the meeting which was attended by Issa Hayatou, former president of CAF and Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, president of the CNOSC, have finally resulted in the adoption of new texts and statutes, which should govern the umbrella body of Cameroonian soccer. These texts will logically lead to the election of a new president to replace the interim Seidou Njoya, maintained in Tsinga by a decision of the CAS, made public last January.
What can be retained from this extraordinary General Assembly
The delegates opted́ among other things, for the dissolution of the Professional Football League of Cameroon (LFPC) and the creation of a new league in sight; the reduction of the number of participating delegates from 90 to 60 (each region will now be represented by six delegates and no longer nine); six and no longer five club presidents will now represent League 1 and League 2… Good to know, these new statutes take into consideration the electoral code, the code of ethics, and the financial situation of FECAFOOT.