Cameroon, AFCON 2017 Champions! Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE
[/media-credit] Cameroon players celebrate with the AFCON 2017 trophy Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has appointed a normalization committee to handle the football affairs of the Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT)

Through its bureau of the Council, FIFA made the communication on Wednesday in accordance with Article. 14 paragraph. 1a) and Article. 8 paragraph. 2 of the FIFA Statutes.

This decision comes in the wake of the confirmation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of the decision of the “Chambre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage du Comité Olympique et Sportif du Cameroun” (CCA/CNOSC) to annul the electoral process leading to the election of the current FECAFOOT executive committee in 2015.

Among others, the committee’s mandate will handle a number of tasks as;

  • To run the daily affairs of FECAFOOT
  • To draft new statutes in consultation with all stakeholders and in compliance with FIFA’s Statutes and standards as well as mandatory national law
  • To review the statutes of the regional and departmental leagues and ensure their alignment with the FECAFOOT statutes
  • To identify the delegates of the FECAFOOT general assembly and of the regional and departmental leagues;
  • To organise and conduct elections of a new FECAFOOT executive committee.

This 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.

The committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections.

The recent failed attempts by FIFA to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse led to the formulation of this committee.

The specified period of time during which the normalization committee shall perform its functions shall expire no later than 28th February 2018.

The development further stains the preparations for the country towards the AFCON 2019 tournament.

Morocco is on stand by in case CAF makes a decision to remove the hosting rights of the event.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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