UMS Loum Denied CAF Licence

Garoua Roum D'ja Stadium  Coton Sports home ground

Garoua Roum D'ja Stadium Coton Sports' home ground

The 2016 champions of Cameroon UMS Loum may forfeit this year’s African Champion League competition due to what has been termed “unacceptable deficiencies” identified by FECAFOOT’s CAF Licence Granting Commision.

Following field inspections carried out by this disciplinary body of FECAFOOT between the 11 and 20th of October 2016, it was observed that UMS Loum has no training ground, lack an operating Head Office, a youth training  program, a management team and some basic infrastructures.

Meanwhile the same committee approved and granted CAF licences to Yong Sports Academy, Coton Sports of Garoua and Apejes of Mfou, Cameroon’s other representatives in CAF 2017 competitions. If finally upheld, the decision means UMS would not be able to represent Cameroon in the CAF Champions League 2017, and that would mean Coton Sport of Garoua (2nd on the league) and Yong Sport Academy (3rd and qualified for CAF Confederations Cup) would move into the CAF Champions League places while 4th placed side Union of Douala would moved into the CAF Confederations Cup place. The Club however has a legal deadline to appeal to FECAFOOT’s Board of Appeal.

Below are the criteria that were used to judge and pass Yong Sport Academy. There are the same used for the other three teams with UMS failing in many of them.

A- Sporting criteria

– youth training program, with an organizational chart approved by FECAFOOT

– Training program on the laws of the game;

–  an anti Doping training program;

-a qualified technical and medical staff;

– good training facilities;

–  the running of  U-17 and U-20 youth teams


B- Infrastructure criteria

– The team should own training facilities (natural grass turf), a certified stadium for CAF competitions ( Not clear which stadium was used here, probably Bafoussam)


C- Administrative, personnel and financial criteria;

– equipped Head Quarters with telephone and internet connection;

– Qualified management staff with required diplomas (secretariat, finance, administration);

– qualified technical and medical staff


D-Legal Criteria

– statutes,

– rules of procedure;

– business  registration,

– Declarations under Articles 44 and 46 of the National Licensing Regulations (pending);


E-Financial Criteria

– annual financial statements with balance sheet in accordance with the National Licensing Regulations;

– No charge to other clubs, staff, players and social administrations


By Abongwa Fozo

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