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Renewed tensions: Cameroon football in turmoil as Fecafoot and Minsep clash

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The simmering tensions between the Ministry of Sports (Minsep) and the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fécafoot) have erupted once again. Led by Samuel Eto’o, Fécafoot has issued a striking response to what it perceives as a governmental slight.

Confusion at the Hilton: A Closer Look

The latest flare-up occurred on Sunday at the Hilton Hotel in Yaoundé, where a reception for the national team players took an unusual turn.

Two opposing delegations from Minsep and Fécafoot converged, both claiming authority over the arrangements.

The Fécafoot representatives arrived first, only to be met by Minsep staff who had already booked the rooms for the players and the accompanying delegation.

This led to a heated dispute, culminating in the police intervening to halt the escalating tension.

Retaliation: Fécafoot’s Bold Move

In a dramatic escalation on Monday, Fécafoot retaliated by withholding the Cameroonian team’s training equipment from the Minsep staff.

As a result, the team’s morning walk took place without official attire, leading to a bizarre and somewhat comical scene.

This disruption raises serious concerns about the preparation of the Indomitable Lions as they gear up to face Cape Verde in Yaoundé on Saturday, followed by a crucial match against Angola on November 6 in Luanda, both part of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Integration or Imposition?

Further complicating the scenario, CRTV has reported that several Fécafoot staff members—Idriss Carlos Kameni, Dr. Fotso Gwabap Patrick, and Dr. Tinkeu Nguimgou Narcisse—have been incorporated into the Minsep team.

Kameni is said to have been appointed as an assistant to goalkeeper coach Alioum Boukar, while Dr. Patrick and Dr. Narcisse are reportedly assisting Dr. William Ngatchou and physical trainer Christophe Manouvrier, respectively.

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However, notable figures such as deputies Martin Ndtoungou Mpile and David Pagou seem to have been sidelined in this new arrangement.

This reshuffling has resulted in a hybrid staff structure, heavily favoring the Ministry of Sports’ personnel, a move that is unlikely to sit well with Fécafoot.

A Divided Front

As the Indomitable Lions find themselves caught between these warring factions, the discord threatens to undermine their performance on the field.

With critical World Cup qualifiers looming, the team’s preparation is far from ideal.

The conflict between Minsep and Fécafoot casts a shadow over Cameroon’s footballing prospects, leaving fans and stakeholders alike questioning the impact of this internal strife on the nation’s sporting aspirations.

Conclusion

As the drama unfolds, it remains to be seen how this power struggle will be resolved and what it means for the future of Cameroonian football.

The Indomitable Lions’ upcoming matches will not only test their athletic prowess but also their ability to navigate the turbulent waters of sports politics.

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