After the experience of the last FIFA appointed normalization committee led by the professor Joseph Owona in 2014, many Cameroonians will hate to hear of the word in the country
The committee which was supposed to come and bring order in the biggest sports federation in the country, came and made the headlines for all the wrong reasons and is seen by some as the architects of the problems we are having today
With bloated paychecks and continuous extensions of their unelected mandate capped by controversial; election with led to the rise of Tombi A Roko much the chagrin of rivals, the fallouts of that very decision is the outcome of today’s decision by the world football governing body FIFA at a very crucial moment in the country
But after months of legal battles championed by former Feacfoot boss, jailed Iya Mohammed’s ally Abdouraman who had challenged the validity of the results leading to the frozen of some of the federations accounts, the government had chosen to work with the embattled administration to maintain stability amidst the country’s preparations to host AFCON 2019
But as the two factions failed to reach a compromise, FIFA sledge hammer once again chooses to fall on the country’s football federation with yet another normalization committee to run for 5 moths at the end of which an election will be held.
This decision comes in connection with the confirmation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of the decision of the “Chambre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage du Comité Olympique et Sportif du Cameroun” (CCA/CNOSC) to annul the electoral process leading to the election of the current FECAFOOT executive committee in 2015 and following recent failed attempts by FIFA to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.
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.
The normalization committee will be composed of an adequate number of members to be identified by a joint FIFA and CAF mission scheduled to take place very shortly. The committee will act as an electoral committee and none of its members will be eligible for any of the open positions in the elections. The specified period of time during which the normalization committee shall perform its functions shall expire no later than 28 February 2018.
A statement on FIFA website reads