FECAFOOT unleashes killer punch on gov’t!.

Cameroon’s FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Cape Verde and Angola in Yaounde and Luanda on June 8 and 11, respectively, are in peril, if the latest outing of the president of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o Fils, is to be taken seriously.

In what has been described by some analysts as a killer punch on government, FECAFOOT has vowed not to accredit the technical staff appointed by government to be in charge of the senior men’s national football team, for the upcoming matches.

The decision from the country’s regulatory football body, is contained in a letter addressed to the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, on June 4. 

The statement from FECAFOOT, issued barely 48 hours to the Indomitable Lions clash against Cape Verde, was signed by the President of the federation, Samuel Eto’o Fils. 

In the three-page document, a copy of which The Guardian Post stumbled on, FECAFOOT mentioned the various roles it has to play in the organisation of the Indomitable Lions World Cup qualifying fixtures against Cape Verde and Angola. 

The FA body reminded the sports minister, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, that “an international match between two associations is organised by the federation of the host association, under the supervision of FIFA or CAF”.  

FECAFOOT went further to explain that the members of the technical team appointed by the Executive Committee of the football body are those recognised by FIFA and “authorised to receive the necessary accreditation”. 

Two technical staff, one appointed by government, through the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, and another by FECAFOOT have been battling to take charge of the Indomitable Lions.

Both staff have Belgian trainer, Marc Brys, as the team’s head coach. The Lions who have been in camp since Monday in Yaounde, have been training under the coordination of the staff appointed by government.

However, there is a high possibility that only head coach, Marc Brys, his assistant Joachim Mununga and video analyst Giannis Xilouris recognised as FECAFOOT as part of the staff the federation appointed on May 8, would be accredited to sit on the bench for the World Cup qualifier matches against Cape Verde and Angola.

This means that players of the national team risk playing both games without a doctor, a physiotherapist and other members of the technical. 

“The direct consequences given the choice of the head coach, will be to have a technical bench without assistants, without a doctor, without a physiotherapist and without a team manager,” FECAFOOT said in the letter.

This means that without a team doctor and physiotherapist on the bench, the life of any Lions player who picks up an injury in the course of both matches will be at risk! 

Sports analysts say the development, if implemented, could also play on the efficiency of the squad. 

FECAFOOT however said the body has the responsibility to “manage officials designated by FIFA or CAF; referees, match commissioners and inspectors for the scheduled matches” who are expected to begin arriving the country today.  

The FA equally stated that they are also going to “manage all logistics and administrative arrangements for the opposing team”.          




FECAFOOT-MINSEP fracas persists

The recent decision of FECAFOOT not to accredit the technical team members appointed by the government, is the latest episode of the grotesque drama between FECAFOOT and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education. 

Before the recent decision, there seemed to be a return to normalcy with FECAFOOT haven announced sales of tickets for the Cape Verde match.

It should be recalled that matters came to head, Sunday, when FECAFOOT-appointed technical staff members were left stranded at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel. It was rather the technical staff members appointed by government who supervised the arrival of players for the training camp. 

In protest, FECAFOOT decided to withhold the Lions training kits and the team’s bus.

FECAFOOT had allegedly backed out of the organisation of the upcoming matches but announced ticket sales for the game scheduled to take place on Saturday June 8, against Cape Verde.  

Analysts have stated that FECAFOOT is playing its last card to get back at the ministry of sports for sidelining the federation from the preparation of the team ahead of Lions World Cup qualifier matches against Cape Verde and Angola. 


Sports minister says serenity reigns in Lions den

In the meantime, sports minister, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, in a release yesterday, announced the second preparatory meeting for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Angola. He was categorical that there is serenity in the Lions den.

“...The Indomitable Lions are calmly continuing their preparation, following the program set by Coach Marc Brys, with the logistical means, equipment and material diligently made available by the State,” Minister Mouelle Kombi said.

The country’s sports boss will at11:00 a.m today in the conference room of his ministry, chair the second preparatory meeting ahead of the Lions two fixtures.

The aim of the meeting is to follow up the recommendations that were made during the first preparatory meeting held last month.

It is also intended to evaluate the readiness of the team ahead of the encounter against Cape Verde on Saturday. 




This story was first published in The Guardian Post issue No3133 of Thursday June 06, 2024


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