FIFA and CAF envoy to the extraordinary general assembly of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), Colonel Djibrilla Hamidou, says six years of infighting is responsible for Cameroon’s dwindling football fortress.
Colonel Djibrilla was speaking in Yaounde recently after the FECAFOOT General Assembly adopted the new statutes of the country’s football governing body.
He also called on delegates to the assembly to put behind their personal interests and work for the general interests of football in Cameroon.
“I am happy that today, the new statutes has finally been adopted, but sincerely, six years of instability at FECAFOOT has been six years lost for Cameroonian football,” Col. Djibrilla said.
He added that “Cameroon was considered a great footballing nation, but it is being overwhelmed. You must move towards the rehabilitation of your football. Put behind your personal interests and work for the general interests of football in Cameroon,” he advised.
FECAFOOT statutes were adopted on October 10 in Yaounde after close to 10 hours of deliberations. 42 delegates voted in favour of the new text, while 18 voted against.
According to the new text, each region would be represented by four delegates at the FECAFOOT General Assembly.
Moreover, the mandate of the President would run for four years renewable once. The President will also be voted on personal bases and not projected by the list system.
Also, the statutes of the decentralised and specialised leagues as well as the Electoral Code and the Code of Ethics of the body were also adopted.
According to Frank Happi, one of the delegates to the General Assembly, “the new innovations are coming in to ensure that mediocre candidates, who used to be supported by a powerful list of personalities, would no longer convince delegates for a possible election. As for the President, the post will not cumulative two functions as was the case with Iya Mohammed.”
To him, the general trend is towards an efficient General Assembly in order to make it more efficient, balance and to avoid dominant groups.
He also added that in enabling the Federation to stay impartial and fulfil its mission, it will need clear, precise and invaluable objectives.
The FECAFOOT story
Before December, the Committee is expected to organise free, fair and transparent elections. They are also expected to hand over the command baton to the newly elected Executive Committee of FECAFOOT before December 15.
The Normalisation Committee was first installed back in 2013 headed by Professor Joseph Owona.
After several extensions of the mandate of the then led- Owona Committee, the committee finally elected a new executive that was led by Tombi A Roko Sidiki.
Disputes on the credibility of the elections at the Chamber of Reconciliation and Arbitration of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee, Tombi A Roko Sidiki and his executives were dethroned in 2016.
Following the suspension of football activities because of Government interference, FIFA installed another committee headed by Barrister Duiedonne Happi to run the daily affairs of the Federation, re-write the statutes, Code of Conduct and organise fresh elections into the house.
However, a major step was taken in June 2018, when the football laws of the country were adopted in the National Assembly, paving the way for things to press.