UMS of Loum winners of the Cameroon League 1 championship in 2019

By Angu Lesley
Football Writer,

Cameroon Elite One side UMS of Loum has been relegated from the top-flight Championship for falling to pay over 7 millions FCFA dues plus penalties to their former head coach Bonaventure Djonkep, can report.

The 2017 and 2019 Cameroon Elite One champions will settle for the second tier Championship in the upcoming season after The federal homologation and disciplinary commission of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) met on August 11 and decided as stated above.

The legal battle between president Pierre Kwemo’s UMS goes as far back as in the 2016-2017 season when he opted to unlawfully terminated the contract of coach Bonaventure Djonkep following a violent touchline clash with the coach in a derby game against Stade Renard of Melong.

Fast forward to September 2018, the national dispute resolution chamber instructs President Pierre Kwemo to pay 7,700,000FCFA as unpaid income and penalties but the controversial president stood his grounds against in complete disrespect of the decision till his Club has officially been relegated this Friday, August 14th.

The relegation ends the Club’s six year stay in the top-flight Championship and leaves next season’s Cameroon Elite One championship with 19 Clubs while the ‘lucky’ Elite Two championship gets its rare 13th member.

This Djonkep’s case is one of many legal battles against the Club. understands rivals YOSA are putting together a file against the Club for unfulfilled promises made in 2019 in Bamenda, the Club has unfinished business with Eding Sport de la Lekie and Jeunesse de Ngouleymekong amongst others all related to players disputes.

Promoted in 2014, UMS won the Cameroon Elite One championship twice, finished runners-up twice and featured in two Cup of Cameroon final winning one in 2015.

UMS of Loum must pay coach Djonkep to avoid further demotion in the days ahead.

In a related development, Cotonsport of Garoua have cleared a similar financial situation with Kom Christian Landry thus escaping a similar fate.

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