A Fifa emergency committee has decided to provisionally suspend the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) with immediate effect on account of government interference.
FIFA decided Thursday to “temporarily suspend the Cameroon Football Federation (Fécafoot)” For government interference”, in the FA’s affairs.
FIFA backs this decision on grounds of what it considers the poor management of the Iya Mohammed case by the Cameroonian authorities. This decision comes after the cancellation of last week’s re-election of the incumbent Fécafoot president,Iya Mohammed, imprisoned for alleged embezzlement.
“The Fifa emergency committee has decided to provisionally suspend the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) with immediate effect on account of government interference. Cameroon, engaged in qualifications for the 2014 World Cup, will not be represented in any competition for the duration of the suspension. The Fifa Statutes oblige member associations to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties” world soccer’s governing body said in a release.
Fifa said a committee would be set up to revise FECAFOOT’s statutes andsuspension would be lifted “once the country authorities allow the new normalization committee to enter the FECAFOOT headquarters and to carry out its activities unopposed.
FIFA paradoxically placed Cameroon one point clear of Libya at the top of Group I on Thursday after Togo were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier against them. FIFA had indeed given the Indomitable lions a 0-3 over the Hawks of Togo for fielding an ineligible player (Marseille’s Alexys Romao)on June 9 in Lome.
The four-times African champions, whose next and final World Cup qualifier is due to be at home to Libya on September 6 witness their campaign taking a DEVIL’S twist within hours. This suspension incident was in the pipeline and needed just a matter of tine to occur.