Domestic football particularly the Cameroon Elite 1 and 2 leagues have not seen matches of round two programmed owing to a decision by the clubs to discontinue if subvention does not come forth. Also a series of delayed games especially for Cameroon's lone flag bearer Coton Sport at the continental level could be a secondary reason for the stall.
By now the first round of matches of the two pool competition should have rounded off as per schedules. That is not the case as Coton Sport of Garoua has been skipping games at the local championship whenever they have to play CAF Confederation Cup games at home and out of the country. But most importantly Elite 1 and 2 clubs have not received the annual government subvention for the 2021 football season and have refused continuing the competition unless they get paid.
The crux of the matter
The said amount is said to have been paid months back but to the LFPC under president, General Pierre Semengue. In fact there was a mix up as to who will organize the local football championship in Cameroon, LFPC or FECAFOOT. According to rulings by the Court of Arbitration and Sports, LFPC had the rights to organize the competition thus funds were disbursed to the said organ as annual government subvention.
Unfortunately just after one game into the LFPC season, FIFA's intervention made way for FECAFOOT to organize a new championship this time with two pools. Some clubs had already collected subvention from the LFPC while a handful were reluctant.
A way out is envisaged
According to sources in Yaounde a high stake meeting between some Elite 1 and 2 club presidents and Officials of FECAFOOT and the Sports ministry came face to face earlier this week to seek for a common solution and information filtering from the meeting says the subventions will be paid soonest for the competition to restart. No league games have been programmed for this weekend in Cameroon. Thursday May 20th is a day of national unity in Cameroon, while Friday may be too short for a solution to be produced. Hopefully next week will see clubs receive their annual government subvention and then the competition can continue.
Delayed games could have stalled competition as well
One of Coton's delayed games, match day 5 was played on May 12, 2021 and the team played a 2-2 draw with UMS of Loum in Garoua.
The last delayed game counting for match day 8 against Astre of Douala is still to be programmed as Coton Sport leaves the country this Friday for Dakar in their return leg quarter final game against ASC Jaraaf of Senegal.
Also, the normalization and disciplinary arm of FECAFOOT is yet to validate all the results of the first round of matches before the second round can be played. Coton's lone delayed game with Astre is seemingly holding down the rest of the competition from continuing.
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