DISTRACTION FOR LIONS AHEAD BATTLE OF UYO
Ahead of the double-header FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying games with Nigeria, the Executive board of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) may step aside any moment from now for a Normalisation Committee be appointed to run its affairs until a fresh election takes place.
The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided wednesday to appoint a Normalisation Committee for the FECAFOOT in accordance with article 14 par. 1a and article 8 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes.
The resort to a Normalisation Committee is the fall out of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to annul the electoral process leading to the election of the current FECAFOOT executive committee in 2015.
Attempts by FIFA to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon failed leading to the current impasse.
The mandate of the Normalisation Committee will include the following tasks:
Â· To run the daily affairs of FECAFOOT;
Â· To draft new statutes in consultation with all stakeholders and in compliance with FIFAâ€™s Statutes and standards as well as mandatory national law;
Â· To review the statutes of the regional and departmental leagues and ensure their alignment with the FECAFOOT statutes;
Â· To identify the delegates of the FECAFOOT general assembly and of the regional and departmental leagues;
Â· To organise and conduct elections of a new FECAFOOT executive committee.
FIFA insisted that the normalisation committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA and CAF mission scheduled to take place very shortly.
â€œThe committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.
â€œThe specified period of time during which the Normalisation Committee shall perform its functions shall expire no later than February 28, 2018,â€ the statement concluded.
Shortly before the Confederations Cup that took place in Russia last June, a Cameroonian club, Etoile Filante de Garoua, reportedly complained to FIFA that FECAFOOT led by Tombi Roko Sidiki, lacked authority to send a team to the tournament.
FIFA however ignored the protest and allowed the Indomitable Lions participate but failed to go beyond the group games.
Cameroon was banned from global football in July 2013 before the establishment of a FIFA-approved Normalisation Committee.
Sidiki and his executive committee then assumed office after elections held in September 2015. But the CAS subsequently backed a ruling made in Cameroon nullifying the polls that brought Sidiki to office.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon who are trailing Super Eagles with four points in the Group B of the Russia 2018 qualifiers are due to arrive Uyo early next week for the September 1 game at the Nest of Champions. The return leg is scheduled to hold in Yaounde on September 4. A win in Uyo for Eagles will move Nigeria up nine points and only need another victory to seal the passage to the Mundial.
Although Cameroon enjoys a superior head-to-head record against Nigeria, Eagles defeated the Indomitable Lions 3-0 in their last meeting in a friendly in Belgium in October 2015.
Wednesday, Odion Ighalon who has just been recalled to the senior Nigerian team said from his China base that Eagles would be hungrier for the three points at stake in Uyo than the African champions.
â€œWe want the game more and God will crown our efforts on the day,â€ observed the former Watford forward last night.