By Giovanni Wanneh
Sports writer, Cameroon
FECAFOOT boss Seidou Mbobo Njoya has cleared the air on the involvement of the Minister of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi in the affairs of Cameroon’s football. In a letter, replying FIFA’s Secretary General, on the issue of government interference in Cameroon’s football.
Assistant Secretary General of FIFA Alasdair Bell recently wrote to the Cameroon FA president, Seidou Mbobo Njoya as regards alleged interference of the government on football, tempering with the autonomy of FECAFOOT contrary to article 14 and 19 of the FIFA status.
Cameroon’s FA president Seidou Mbombo Njoya on September 16, wrote back and provided pertinent answers to Zurich, perhaps the most important being;
– FECAFOOT as a sports association has not witnessed act of intrusion from the minister incharge of sports in her regular activities.
Cameroon’s minister of sports, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi has been in the thick of things from the sacking of former coach Clarence Seedorf, whom he ordered the FA president to do so via state television on July 16, to the appointment of Portuguese born Antonio Conceicao on September, Friday 20.
FIFA stands against every form of government interference and if Cameroon is found guilty, the nation could be staring at a record 5th FIFA normalisation on the face – the most recent two coming back in 2013 and 2017.
In the past, FIFA has instituted Normalisation committees in Mali in 2017. Mali was banned from global football for six weeks from March 2017 due to government interference in the running of football. The ban caused Malian clubs Onze Creatures and Djoliba were disqualified from the 2017 Confederation cup.
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