BY AFESEH APONG
Football writer kick442.com_Cameroon.
The court of arbitration for sports, CAS, has declared FECAFOOT’s decision to suspend the Cameroon professional football league (LFPC), as illegal, and has officially reinstated the LFPC in their rights to organize the professional football league in Cameroon.
In a letter dated Monday September 14, 2020 and signed by the judge of the court of arbitration for sports, prof. Dr Pascal Pichonnaz, CAS states that “the suspension of the Cameroon professional football league is illegal by all means, since 18 October 2019”. The same document also adds that the suspension ended as of that same 18 October 2019.
The Cameroon football federation, FECAFOOT, has also been ordered to take care of the arbitration fees of both parties and to pay a further five thousands Swiss Francs ( approximately 3,045,142 CFAF), to the professional football league as legal and lawyers fees.
The LFPC under the leadership of General Pierre Semengue was suspended in August 2019 by the executive committee of the Cameroon Football federation. The Semengue led LFPC was accused of mismanagement and disrespect of the law.
The recent twist means the retired army general will be back leading the professional football in the country, while the future of the Alim Konaté led Technical Transitional committee, is uncertain.
CAS decision has got many football lovers in Cameroon worried about the future of the 2020_2021 football season in Cameroon, which was initially programmed to kick-off on September 26, 2020, but was pushed forward to an unprecised date in October.
“FECAFOOT did actually suspend the LFPC administrative body and took over the organisation of the league. In this case and from what I have read it will depend on LFPC when they take over. There is a new championship to begin, so I believe the champion for last season will be maintained and a new season begins under LFPC. CAS terms the suspension illegal but didn’t say the league was illegal”, football promoter and analyst, Murum Divine told Kick442.com shortly after CAS’ decision.
The days ahead promise to be electrifying as far as football is concern in Cameroon.
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