Yaounde (National Times)-The president of the Cameroon Football Federation(FECAFOOT) Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya has granted a request of 15 more days to an ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the issue of the nonpayment of players’ salaries and match bonuses in Division I and II clubs in the country.
Njoya issued a note on March 2nd notifying the football stakeholders of the addition of 15 days to the Ad-Hoc committee. In the release, the FECAFOOT boss indicates that, the committee has outlined a plan of action to deliver on its terms of reference.
Instituted on February 25th, the committee had until March 1st to deliver its report to FEFCAFOOT. It had met on the 26th , 28th of February and March 1st but could not finish its work.
The National Times gleaned that, the committee wrote to FECAFOOT requesting extra time to finish its work. In granting the 15 days additional time, Mbombo Njoya writes that, it is important for the committee to do its job in the interest of all parties involved in the problem.
When the association of professional football players (SYNAFOC) took the issue of nonpayment of players’ salaries and bonuses to FIFA, football authorities in Cameroon were summoned to respond to the worry.
The extension of the time for the ad-hoc committee already signals that, FEFCAFOOT may also write to the World Football Governing Body(FIFA) to ask for extra time. FECAFOOT had until this Monday March 4 to respond to the worry of FIFA given the content of a letter which its scribe Fatma Samoura addressed to football authorities over the issue.
Mbombo Njoya has in recent press outings insisted that, the issue of players’ salaries will be solved within the shores of Cameroon without any course for alarm.
The ad-hoc committee is headed by Faustin Domkeu president of New Stars football Club of Douala. Bassega Daniel Scribe of SYNAFOC is the secretary of the commission. There are other members comprising representatives from FECAFOOT, the ministry of sports and physical education and the Cameroon Professional Football league (CPFL).
The president of the CPFL retired General Piere Semengue had on Tuesday February 19 issued a release making available FCFA 84 million to Division I and II clubs for players’ salaries. That package meant that, Division I clubs were each entitled to FCFA 3 million and FCFA 2 million per Division II club.The current impasse points to investigations of past records and the nature of contracts and dealings between clubs and players.