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Cameroon’s football suffers another setback, Pro-League commencement flops because of financial hardship

Yaoundé (National Times)-The commencement of the 2018/2019 football season in Cameroon which was scheduled for November 3, 2018, has been postponed to November 24.

According to a communiqué signed by the President of the League, General Pierre Semengue, the league is facing financial and material challenges which cannot permit its effectively start on the previously announced date.

“In a bit to have a harmonious 2018/2019 sporting season on the material and financial angles…the launching of the season which was initially programmed for November 3, 2018 has been postponed to Saturday, November 24, 2018 for League One. The launching of League Two would take place immediately after the Interpol tournament,” the communiqué read.

The communiqué which appeared only in French also announced a rescheduling of the Board of Administration of the Cameroon Professional Football League meeting for November 14 up from November 7.

It is not uncommon for league matches in Cameroon to be postponed by the management body. Just after the end of the first round of the 2017/2018 season, the second round was postponed due to material and financial challenges.

It only took the intervention of the Government before it could continue to its logical end.

In all the cases, the perennial problem of finances has always resurfaced with the league and its parent organisation, the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) unable to raise finances for the league. Moreover, with a dilapidated infrastructural base, Cameroon’s football has remained a limping saga over the years.

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