By AFESEH APONG
Sports writer, kick442.com Cameroon.
Three Northwest Clubs playing in the Cameroon professional football league, says they will withdraw from the Cameroon football league, if clarifications are not given on the situation of sisters club, PWD Social club of Bamenda.
In a three page document addressed to the Cameroon Football Federation and carrying the signatures of the presidents of PWD, Yong sports Academy and newly promoted FONCHA Street FC, the clubs are decrying what they term “a Calculated ploy to send out all elite teams from the Northwest and Southwest Regions from the Cameroon professional league”.
Portions of the letter reads ” The Cameroon professional football league ended in June 2019, after the playoffs. The 2018/2019 elite championships were reviewed by the homologations commission and the standings validated and published by the league. Per the standings after the down playoffs that took place in May 2019 in Limbe, Fovu, Union sportive and PWD were maintained in the league one championship”.
The letter continues ” Recently, the appeals commission of FECAFOOT made public through Social media, a series of decisions taken on the 4th of September 2019. The decisions in question are ambiguous. One of them (decision number 22/FCF/CR/2019), gives the impression that the entire season is cancelled with the consequences which that leaves, while another may be interpreted that Astres FC is maintained in the league one, at the detriment of PWD of Bamenda, but without stating so (Decision number 24/FCF/CR/2019).
The clubs say it is incumbent that FECAFOOT through the technical Transitional Committee in charge of professional football to clarify the situation. The three elite Northwest clubs also called the attention of FECAFOOT on what they call “Phony lists of teams to play in league one championship”, which are been brandished on the social media.
Another big issue raised in the letter, is the fact that PWD of Bamenda has not been handed its own cheque to start preparing for the new football season like other league one clubs. The clubs says it leaves the impression that there is a conspiracy.
Apart from demanding clarity on the situation of the Abakwa boys, the three clubs also touched on the security problems in the region, with cases of their coaches kidnapped, and the lack of infrastructure in the region.
“To add insult to injury, the issue of sports infrastructure is a major concern. The conditions to train and play in the Northwest region leaves much to be desired. There is no single stadium in the Northwest that meets the standards of a school playground, let alone one on which professional football games can be played”.
They quoted the case of Bang Bullet FC of Nkambe, who was deprived of playing their home games in Nkambe last season and consequently they were relegated.
This is a new twist that is emerging just 16 days to the date set by FECAFOOT’S transitional committee, for the kick off of the championship.
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