Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Can Cameroon’s New FA President Get Football Back On Track?

After being elected Cameroon FA President, Seidou Mbombo Njoya must focus on getting the country’s football back on track.

Before Wednesday’s poll in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s football leadership was being managed by a temporary body set up by Fifa in mid-2017, following the Court of Arbitration’s ruling that year to cancel the presidency of Tombi A Roko Sidiki.

“After five years of crisis, enough is enough,” the new FECAFOOT President told journalists. “We have now to do our best to rebuild and reconstruct our football, to professionalise and change governance.

“Believe me, there’s need to re-evaluate our ethics, which is very important because we have turned our back on ethics for too long.

“This is the time to re-evaluate ethics.”

It’s a rare ray of light for beleaguered Cameroon, who were recently stripped of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after failing to convince Caf of their worthiness as hosts.
Can Cameroon’s New FA President Get Football Back On Track?
However, if there’s one stiff problem the 16th Cameroon FA head will face in the days ahead, it’s how to professionalise the nation’s football.

Already, getting a calendar for national leagues and the Cameroon Cup is a headache.
The league’s management body, Ligue de Football Professionnel du Cameroun, is consistently cash-strapped, a quagmire that has affected clubs’ record in Caf’s continental competitions.

The LFPC seldom follow the calendars of other African leagues, and money is required to ensure a complete overhaul.

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