Iya Mohammed relected Fecafoot boss from prison

Iya Mohammed

Iya Mohammed

In a contentious election, the outgoing FA boss, Iya Mohammed presently behind bars at the Yaounde Maximum Security Prison-Kodengui has been re-elected president of the Cameroon Football Federation known by its French acronym as FECAFOOT for another 4 years mandate.

Mr. Iya’s list won 97 votes of the 98 eligible voters present at the Fecafoot elective assembly late wedneday.

Earlier in the day, authorities blocked access into the Tshinga head office of Fecafoot. The prime Minister called for a crisis meeting at the Star building with the sports minister and fecafoot officials. It was decided there that a consensus interim team made up of former transport minister and Fecafoot First Vice presidet, John B Ndeh, Bell Joseph Antoine , Abdouraman and  Essomba Eyenga.

The elective assembly members out rightly refused to endorse the PM consensus list after they return to the FA headquarters and when ahead to conduct the activities of the day under the chairmanship of Hon.  Koa  Luc and  assisted by  Madame Manguele Thérèse and  KABA Christopher;  WAMBA Michel as scrutinisers. 102 of the 105 delegates to the assembly were present or represented by proxies.

The assembly  under the watch of FIFA representative Primo Corvaro, went ahead to elect Iya Mohammed  as president with Seidou Mbombo as First vice, Bella Moki as second vice, Pierre Batamak as third vice and the president of the professional League as fourth vice.

His re-election has taken most Cameroonians aback; even the state media has remained muted about his re-election. Cameroonians are still awaiting the government to step in sooner than later due to the fact that the Elective Assembly went ahead to vote Iya who is in prison awaiting trial for charges of corruption and mismanagement as GM of SODECOTON, and in flagrant snub of the PM instructions setting up a consensus team to lead the association.

Most Anglophones on their part have interpreted his re-election as a sign that Anglophones are not fit enough or considered good enough to handle certain positions in the country. John B Ndeh 1st Vice was automatically the one to run the FA as interim president but was face with stiff challenges from every angle, pushing him aside even as candidate for the post of president.

It’s not clear what moves the government can take now, given that any could be interpreted by FIFA as government interference in the running of the game which could risk suspension.

By Abongwa Fozo

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