By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
The Cameroon football federation has decided in its extraordinary general assembly meeting to withdraw the rights to organize competitions handed to the Cameroon Professional football league, LFPC, management body some eight years ago.
The decision unanimously taken by all 14 executive committee members who attended the three-day meeting and made public this Wednesday, November 4. The decision is one of the major resolutions from the meeting which was convened to find lasting solutions to the ongoing institutional crisis.
The meeting was boycotted by the president of the LFPC , General Pierre Semengue who wrote to the members to inform them of his unavailability.
The release confirming the decision also confirmed FECAFOOT’s discontent about Sunday’s ‘strange’ launching of the Elite One championship by LFPC. The latter used referees from abroad without the approval of the Federation to run the game pitting Panthère of Nde against Cotonsport of Garoua.
The decision to withdraw these rights from the LFPC leaves the institution with little to do and raises a need to have another body to organize the different championships as soon as possible.
Speaking to the media during the presentation of the decisions, FECAFOOT officials guaranteed that works to have football returned are well advanced and normalcy will soon be back.
This is happening close to a week after some 18 Club presidents assembled at the CAF Excellence center in Mbankomo and resolved to dissolve the LFPC and communicated their position to the Cameroon football federation.
This recent move is expected bring an end to the ongoing ‘communique war’ between both institutions but as it has been before, is now, LFPC will not go down without a fight and FECAFOOT is keen on righting the wrongs immediately.
Earlier today, president Semengue informed FECAFOOT that he will not honor his invitation for the just-ended executive committee citing other call for duties as his justification.
Strange enough, in the same document he stated category the he will only attend a peace-talk between the LFPC he leads and the Federation if such talks are not organized by the Cameroon national Olympic and Sports Committee led by his ex military colleague Colonel Hamad Kalkaba Malboun.
The Seidou Mbombo Njoya led Cameroon football federation through its executive committee has however promised to do all to ensure the national championships resume soonest.
Last year FECAFOOT suspended the LFPC citing multiple gross violation of its text and went on to set a transitional technical committee which managed the leagues for a season.
A few weeks back the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne ruled against the suspension, thus echoing the need to reinstate LFPC. Unfortunately attempts to do so with FECAFOOT’s conditions met hard resistance from Mr Semengue and his LFPC team.
Football has been off in Cameroon for over eight months because of the health threats of the CoronaVirus pandemic and now the conflicts between institutions in charge of managing the game.
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