Fifa provisionally suspends Cameroon over football row

Cameroon Football Federation FECAFOOT President Iya Mohammed. PHOTO | BBC 

World football governing body Fifa has suspended Cameroon temporarily citing government interference in the running of the country’s football.

Fifa in a release Thursday said that the suspension which prohibits the country from taking part in regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches, takes effect immediately.

Cameroon’s football has been beset by a protracted election wrangles culminating in the invalidation of elections on June 19.

Fecafoot’s Elections Appeals Commission cancelled the polls which Fifa boss Sepp Blatter endorsed and which retained jailed Iya Mohammed as president.

Fecafoot is the the country's football federation. Fifa's move could prevent the football giant from playing a key World Cup qualifier against Libya September 6.

Mohammed is being probed in connection with a corruption case in the state-owned Cotton Development Company (SODECOTON) he led for close to thirty years.

His main rival, John Begheni Ndeh, who alleged the vote was rigged, took over the FA as interim president after the vote was annulled.

Articles 13 and 17 of the Fifa’s statutes prohibit governments from meddling in the affairs of local FAs.

Fifa said it will, together with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) set up a commission to bring things back to normalcy while it runs things in the interim at the Cameroon Football Federation (fecafoot).


The commission will revise the statutes of Fecafoot and ensure new elections are held at the Cameroon FA by March 31 next year.

"The suspension will be lifted once the country authorities allow the new normalisation committee to enter the FECAFOOT headquarters and to carry out its activities unhindered,” Fifa said in a statement.

"To avoid any conflict of interest, the CAF President Issa Hayatou did not take part in the vote."

Hayatou is a Cameroonian and also believed to support Mohammed.

Meanwhile, Fifa has sanctioned Togo for fielding an ineligible player in a preliminary qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil against Cameroon on June 9 in Lomé.

Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee declared the game to be forfeited and awarded it 3-0 in favour of Cameroon and handed the Togolese Football Federation (TFF) a fine of $ 6,268

“The sanction relates to the Togolese player Jacques Alexys Romao failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him following two cautions received in two different matches” Fifa said.

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