The “Abakwa boys” who are actively preparing for their premiere at the upcoming CAF Champions League might see their dreams evaporate in thin air because of an adjacent conflict between Cameroon’s FA, FECAFOOT and it’s suspended Professional football League body LFPC.
The conflict between these two entities didn’t find a local solution and the matter was carried by the LFPC to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) with the following demands:to challenge its suspension pronounced by the federation on August 22, 2019, to cancel the professional championships season 2019-2020 organized by the Technical Transitory Committee (CTT) of FECAFOOT and to rehabilitate General Pierre Semengue, president of the LFPC.
The LFPC was indefinitely suspended by FECAFOOT which created a Technical Transitory Committee (CTT) to run the 2019/2020 football season.
General Pierre Semengue at the helm of the LFPC contested this suspension, taking the case to FECAFOOT’s appeals committee that gave a deaf ear. On January 29, 2020, Chamber of Conciliation and Arbitration of Cameroon’s national Olympic Committee issued a report of non-conciliation and the LFPC carried its case to the CAS.
The LFPC has paid processing fee of 14 million FCFA at the CAS and the latter had demanded FECAFOOT to provide its defence memo the latest on June 1st 2020. CAS has appointed a single judge, Professor Pascal Pichonnaz to arbitrate in this case between FECAFOOT and the LFPC.
In case the LFPC wins, the 2019-2020 season will be purely and simply cancelled and the LFPC and its president will be rehabilitated. This implies that PWD of Bamenda’s title of champion of Cameroon might loose its crown. Such a decision in the prevailing socio-political environment might create animosity in the minds of many.
Government through the Ministry of Sports and physical education should take the bull by the horn and bring a rapid solution to this conflict between these two football entities that has been existing for a couple of years now.
The decision of the CAS is being awaited in the upcoming days.