-82 delegates voted in favour of the adoption of the texts while 11 voted against with 2 null votes.
By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The extraordinary General Assembly of Cameroon’s Football governing body FECAFOOT finally took place this Tuesday, July 13after a dispute had ensued about the eligibility of the delegates to take part.
The adoption of the new statutes and texts for the structure paves the way forward for the election process to begin at the Departmental, Regional levels before the election at the National level will take place later this year. The texts were voted in conformity with the 2012 Statutes at FECAFOOT.
A total of 82 delegates voted in favour of the adoption of the texts while 11 delegates voted against its adoption. There were 2 null votes.
Cameroon’s Minister of Sports Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi had earlier suspended the holding of the General Assembly. In a letter addressed to FECAFOOT on July 8, Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi noted that the football governing body had disregarded the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports taken on January 15, 2021, and that of the Chamber of Conciliation and Arbitration of Sports at the Cameroon National Olympic and Sporting Committee.
FECAFOOT on its part stated that on January 16, 2021, correspondence from FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports recognized the acting executives and noted that their term of office will be terminated when new members have been voted into the Cameroon Football Federation.
As presented in the response by FECAFOOT, the 2009 mandate ended in 2013 according to points 181, 182, 187, 198 and 221 of the decision of the Court of Arbitration of January 15, 2021.
The present bureau led by its interim President Seidou Mbombo Njoya has been duly recognized by CAF and FIFA who backed the bureau and called for the General Assembly to be held as programmed. The African and World football governing bodies even went further to designate two delegates of their own to ensure that the process went on smoothly.
The decisions from CAF and FIFA seemed to be have been the last straw as the government officials who were against the General Assembly conceded and gave the go-ahead.
Additional changes on the 2012 Statutes and Texts
The new texts that take into account the electoral code, code of ethics and financial status of the football governing body has witnessed a slight change from the 2012 statutes and text. Some three vital changes were adopted to give Cameroon’s football that professional touch it has been longing for.
The delegates agreed on the dissolution of the Professional Football League and the creation of a new league in view. This is one of the stumbling blocks that have created problems in Cameroon. The issues of management led to “fighting” between the Professional led by General Pierre Semengue and FECAFOOT. This resulted in the former being suspended and it is the issue that has dragged on till now.
Another additional change in the text is the reduction of the number of participating delegates from 90 to 60. From now each region will be represented by six delegates and not nine; while Six and not five club presidents will represent League One and Two from now on.
“The General Assembly held in a constructive and positive atmosphere, the delegates were curious and helped in the revision and adoption of the new texts that will in the future open doors to elections at FECAFOOT and generally, the growth of local football, and the upcoming 2021 AFCON”, FECAFOOT interim President Seidou Mbombo Njoya said.
The extraordinary General Assembly saw the presence of the Honorary President of CAF, Issa Hayatou, President of the Cameroon Olympic Committee, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, two renowned football actors, Owona Pascal and Onana Vincent were all special guests.
Will the adoption bring things to normalcy? That is the million-dollar question that sports lovers in the country are asking. One will think that the adoption of the new texts governing FECAFOOT will calm the nerves of those who are against the present interim bureau at FECAFOOT.