FIFA Postpones FECAFOOT Elective Congress

Joseph Owna (FECAFOOT Standards Committee Chair)

Joseph Owna (FECAFOOT Standards Committee Chair)

World football governing body, FIFA has postponed for three months, the Fecafoot elective congress that was due to hold today Saturday, November 29, 2014. The extension of the FECAFOOT Standard Committee’s mandate and elections at FECAFOOT was announced by the committee chairman, the Professor Joseph Owona at a press briefing yesterday.

“We have missed a FIFA suspension” he said, saying they have been added an additional three months to complete the electoral process already begun. The committee he said has up to February 28, 2015 to finalize their work.

Concerning the postponed elections, he said they will run according to the previously adopted laws and the candidates remain the same. He said this time accorded will allow the other candidates complete their files to enable them stand.

Professor Owona however said that we were at the mercy of FIFA and missed a suspension which will have caused Cameroon a lot with the FIFA Women World cup in Canada Coming, the next AFCON in Equatorial Guinea, and with Cameroon to host the 2016 Women Cup of Nations and 2019 AfCON. He blamed Cameroonians for always taking their problem to the door step of FIFA rather than sit down as a people and look for solutions.

Reacting to the postponement, former national Goalie, Bell Joseph Antoine said the members of the Standard Committee should stand down for failing to perform the task assigned them. He described the entire divisional and regional elections as a sham. Mr. Bell said most of the delegates at the elective congress are messengers for those who are destroying Cameroonian football and are not delegates for the people. He said the postponement simply means FIFA has disowned the Standards Committee and the members should preserve their dignity by stepping down. He also saw it as a victory for Cameroonians and Cameroon football against football warlords.

Election to replace Iya Mohammed as FECAFOOT president was due today with only one candidate, Tombi A Roko on the list after the candidature of Bell Joseph Antoine, Robert Atah, Brigitte Mebande, Jules Nyonga and Robert Penne were disqualified for not meeting up with the require conditions.

Even with the postponement, and if these candidates succeed to fulfill the conditions, they would still be unable to mount a veritable challenge against Tombi A Roko who as FECAFOOT Secretary General has all the delegates at his side. The other candidates have complained of delegates asking as much as 5 million frs to have their names included in their list.

One thing that the FIFA  Emergency Committee failed to address in its decision to push forward the election are the laws governing elections which are at the centre of the current election crisis at FECAFOOT.

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Faxed Copy of FIFA letter to FECAFOOT

Faxed Copy of FIFA letter to FECAFOOT

 

By Abongwa Fozo