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Trouble-Plagued Cameroon Football League Gets New Kickoff Date

Yaounde (National Times)-Football stakeholders in Cameroon have agreed on a new date for the commencement of the Cameroon professional League (CPFL) mired in controversies after failed launch of the season last weekend. The new date for the resumption of the league I and II matches is February 2, 2019.

The decision is the outcome of a meeting pitting representatives of the warring club presidents and the president of the Cameroon professional football league retired General Piere Semegnue staged at the Tsinga-Yaoune office of the Cameroon Football Federation(FECAFOOT) on Wednesday January 30.

Members of an adhoc committee put in place by FECAFOOT boss Seydou Mbombo Njoya to end the stalemate were all in attendance. FECAFOOT’ first vice president Aboubakar Alim Konate chaired deliberations at the meeting.

Besides agreeing on a new date, parties at the meeting also agreed that, the General assembly of the professional football league will take place on February 28, 2019.

The committee also agreed that, the format for the relegation of clubs from both the elite I and II championships will remain unchanged. In this light, the format of three clubs going on relegation while three others gain promotion into the superior leagues will be maintained.

FECAFOOT also announced at the meeting that, teams that incurred expenditures to displace themselves for matches that never took place during the weekend of January 26 will be reimbursed.

Wednesday’s truce came in the wake of a 7days ultimatum that was hanging over the clubs and the management of the professional football league. FECAFOOT president Seydou Mbombo Njoya sanctioned the ultimatum.

Emerging from the meeting, the representative of league I clubs  Frank Happi, president of Union  Sportive  of Douala said, the parties have decided to bury their ego for the sake of peace and Cameroon football. Happi said, they were satisfied that, the club’s clamour for the staging of a general assembly has been handled with a date set.

General Semengue  on his part said peace had return to the house and all that is left is for the leagues to resume on the agreed date.

Besides the afore mentioned, other participants at the meeting included  Honourable Joshua Osih (member of adhoc committee), Banlock  Benjamin Raporuteur, Mve Elemva Emmanuel (CPFL), Mvogo Jean Marie (CPFL), Manga  Zambo and  Obama Jacques Bernard Phillipe representatives of the Ministry of Sports and Physical education and Alexandre Owona president of Renaissance de Ngoumou as representative of elite II clubs.



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