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Cameroon Football: Federation and ministry clash over technical staff appointment

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Tensions have escalated between the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education following the appointment of a new technical staff by the Minister of Sports, leading to a standoff that could shape the future of football governance in the country.

The recent decision by the Minister of Sports to name Belgian Marc Brys as the head of technical management, along with a complete staff, without the full involvement of FECAFOOT, has sparked controversy.

FECAFOOT President Samuel Eto’o swiftly expressed the federation’s dissent, signaling a potential confrontation with the ministry over the appointment process.

In a formal letter addressed to the Minister of Sports, Eto’o emphasized FECAFOOT’s stance, stating, “The national federation cannot recognize these appointments made outside of any legal and regulatory framework.”

He underscored the federation’s commitment to upholding legal and regulatory provisions governing football appointments in Cameroon.

This clash represents a longstanding issue of authority and jurisdiction between the sports ministry and FECAFOOT. Past instances, such as the unilateral appointment of coaches by the ministry without FECAFOOT’s full consent, have resulted in similar disputes.

Despite these conflicts, previous appointments have generally proceeded, underscoring the complex power dynamics within Cameroon’s football governance structure.

The current standoff reflects FECAFOOT’s determination to assert its authority in matters concerning football management and appointments.

Eto’o’s refusal to endorse the ministry’s decision highlights FECAFOOT’s insistence on adherence to legal procedures and regulations, signaling a potential legal and bureaucratic battle between the two institutions.

As tensions escalate, the future of football leadership in Cameroon hangs in the balance. With both FECAFOOT and the Ministry of Sports entrenched in their positions, finding a resolution to this conflict will be crucial for the stability and governance of Cameroonian football.

Amidst the uncertainty, the interests of Cameroonian football and its stakeholders remain paramount, emphasizing the need for a swift and amicable resolution to the current impasse.

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