FIFA has appointed a normalization committee to run the crisis hit Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot). The decision comes amid growing doubts regarding Cameroon’s ability to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Football crisis in Cameroon
The crisis began in 2013, when FIFA briefly suspended Cameroon for government interference in Fecafoot. At that time, a normalization committee was also set up to run the football affairs in the country.
In 2015, Tombi Roko Sidki was elected as chief executive of the Cameroonian Football Association. However, that decision was annulled by the country’s national Olympic and Sports Committee, which argued that there were irregularities in the process. Since then, there has been an ongoing power struggle at the heart of Cameroonian Football.
In order to get a handle on the situation, FIFA said on Thursday that it had decided to designate an interim committee until new elections can be held no later than February 28, 2018.
According to a media release on FIFA’s website, the committee’s mandate will include the following tasks:
To run the daily affairs of FECAFOOT;
To draft new statutes in consultation with all stakeholders and in compliance with FIFA’s Statutes and standards as well as mandatory national law;
To review the statutes of the regional and departmental leagues and ensure their alignment with the FECAFOOT statutes;
To identify the delegates of the FECAFOOT general assembly and of the regional and departmental leagues;
To organise and conduct elections of a new FECAFOOT executive committee.
Cameroon not ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Earlier this month, Africa’s football chief, Ahmad Ahmad, warned that Cameroon was “not ready” to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which, for the first time will be contested by 24 teams. "Cameroon isn't ready to welcome even four teams," declared Ahmad.
Cameroonian President, Paul Biya, replied to Ahmad’s declarations by saying that his nation “will be ready when the day comes.”
Several African countries, including Morocco and Algeria, have stated their interest in hosting the tournament.