By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
The date for the start of the 2021/2022 season in the Cameroon professional football championships has been revealed for February 21, 2022.
According to Cameroon sports portal, Football237, the date for the kick-off of the first and second tier championships in the country was agreed after club presidents through their association, ACEC met with the management of the Cameroon Football Federation-FECAFOOT in Mbankomo on Tuesday December 4.
The various club heads including the association’s president, Pascal Abounde of PWD Bamenda met in a meeting to chat the way forward for the new football season in Cameroon barely days to the start of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon which analysts say affected the possible early start of the season.
According to information filtering from Tuesday’s gathering, the 2021/2022 season in the top flight football championship is also expected to be staged with a total of 25 clubs according to calls from club officials.
The effective implementation of the format will see teams being shared into two pools of 13 and 12 clubs respectively in the Elite One. The three bottom teams of each pools will get automatic relegation to the second division at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the second tier championship will be held with 13 clubs, with the champions as well as the second placed teams expected to get promotion to the Elite One.
The latest increase in the number of clubs will also see all the four clubs relegated at the end of the 2020/2021 season pushed back to the top flight, entailing Panthere of Nde, Tonnerre of Yaounde, Union of Douala and Yaounde II FC will all warm their way back into the Elite One.
It will also see all the clubs relegated from the Elite Two, including Foncha Street FC of Bamenda regaining promotion.
This will not be the first time the top flight championship in the country is held with an increased number of clubs and in pool format.
The 2020/2021 season was organized with clubs divided in two pools of 10 and 11 clubs each in the Elite One with the winner and relegated sides partly decided on automatic format and play-offs system.
Last season, the League One was also organized with 21 clubs instead of its traditional 18 club format due to complications called by the novel Coronavirus pandemic which disrupted effectiveness of the 2019/2020 season.
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