Delegates to the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) have adopted a new text for the body.
The adoption was done on Wednesday, October 10, after a close to 10 hours of deliberation at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Excellence Centre, Mbankomo on the outskirts of Yaoundé.
42 delegates voted in favour of the new text, while 18 were against. According to the new text, each Region would be represented by four Delegates at the FECAFOOT General Assembly. Moreover, the mandate of the President would run for four years renewable once.
Previously this limitation clause was in existence. Henceforth, Presidents of FECAFOOT would be voted on personal bases and not projected by a list.
According to one of the Delegates, Frank Happi, this is a major innovation which ensures that mediocre candidates who used to be supported by a powerful list of personalities would no longer be able to convince the delegates for a possible election. Henceforth, the President of FECAFOOT would not cumulative two functions as was the case with Iya Mohammed, who was General Manager of SODECOTON and FECAFOOT President.
At the end of the meeting the Head of the FIFA and CAF delegation to the General Assembly, Colonel Djibril Hima Hamidou, who is also President of the Football Federation of Niger, told delegates to put behind their personal interests and work for the general interests of football in Cameroon.
He said he was saddened by the fact that for about six years now, football in Cameroon has been in crisis.
The meeting which was chaired by the President of the FECAFOOT Normalisation Committee, Dieudonné Happi, also saw the participation of a team of FECAFOOT delegates, representatives from the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, representatives of the Professional Football League of Cameroon as well as FIFA and CAF delegates headed by Colonel Djibril Hima Hamidou.
Election of a new FECAFOOT executive to replace the Normalisation Committee has been programmed for the end of the year.
The Crisis in FECAFOOT started in 2013 when the then President of the body, Iya Mohammed was arrested by State officials for alleged misappropriation of public funds as General Manager of the State-owned Cotton Development and Exportation Company (SODECOTON). Since then, there has been claims and counter claims, as well as court cases at national and international courts all linked to the shaky throne at FECAFOOT.