After the announcement of Cameroon’s new kit sponsor Le Coq Sportive by the Cameroon Football Federation many would have expected the contract to be signed and taken off the table by now, but that has not been the case.

With an end of Cameroon’s kit sponsorship deal with Puma and a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed with Le Coq Sportive in April 2019, it has been a long drag to get the final contract over the line.

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With the Indomitable Lionesses in France for the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Indomitable Lions is Egypt for the 2019 AFCON all playing in Le Coq Sportive kits it could be assumed that the contract had already been signed especially with the publicized signing ceremonies in France for the Lionesses then in Yaoundé for the Indomitable Lions.

Unfortunately that is not the case. Fecafoot and Le Coq Sportive have an MOU which led to the provision of kits for Cameroon’s national teams in the FIFA Women’s World 2019 and the Men’s AFCON 2019 but the final signing of the contract is still pending.

Many observers were surprised to see the Indomitable Lions and Lionesses train with Puma kits in the build up to the major competitions they were involved in this year, including in their pre-tournament friendly games.

These observers were left even more confused after the tournaments especially watching Cameroon play in Le Coq Sportive kits only to see delegates at the just ended Fecafoot General Assembly meeting handed Puma kits at the end of the meeting.

The time of the confusion and questions is over as the final signature is close.

FECAFOOT actually delayed the signature till after the General Assembly meeting where they wanted to present the contract to the delegates for endorsement, especially as they were moving from one kit sponsor to the other.

With the approval or endorsement of the contract by the delegates of the FECAFOOT GA, the final contract was supposed to be signed on Friday July 26, 2019, in Yaoundé.

FECAFOOT had insisted that the final contract should be signed in Yaoundé. But Le Coq Sportive currently heavily involved with the 100th edition of the Tour de France where they are the kit sponsors and given the celebrations and activities involved in the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the event, representatives of Le Coq Sportive could not make it to Yaoundé and pleaded for the final signing to be put on hold till the end of the event.

The 21st and final stage of the Tour de France will take place on Sunday July 28, 2019.

It is therefore expected that after that, the final details and final signature of the much awaited kit sponsorship deal between Fecafoot and Le Coq Sportive will be put to rest.

The deal will see the French kit manufacturer provide kits for all of Cameroon’s 11 national football teams.

Muambo Edward