A few hours after announcing the imminent recruitment of a new equipment supplier for the national soccer teams, the Cameroon Football Federation has just been sued by Le Coq Sportif.
"We inform you that we are suing the Cameroon Football Federation, with a view to obtaining the continuation of its contractual commitments until the natural expiry of our contract, i.e. December 31, 2023."
On Wednesday, Le Coq Sportif announced via its president, served the information to the Cameroon Football Federation (Fécafoot) whose president has decided to end the contract that binds the brand to the country of the Indomitable Lions, more than a year before its term. Samuel Eto'o's decision took effect on July 24, the day after the recent Africa Cup of Nations for Women soccer in Morocco.
At the beginning of July, Fécafoot launched a call for tenders for the recruitment of a new equipment supplier. Ten companies applied and the ad hoc committee in charge of studying the offers selected three. These will be submitted to the Executive Committee of Fécafoot. And "the name of an equipment manufacturer respectful of its commitments and proud to associate its name with the prestigious label Indomitable Lions will be unveiled in the coming days," announced the Secretary General of Fecafoot Tuesday. However, Le Coq Sportif, which has already warned Fécafoot, intends to carry out its threats.
Legal proceedings initiated
"We had not failed to draw the attention of the Fécafoot as to the necessarily wrongful and abusive nature of such a termination, insofar as we have not failed to any of the contractual commitments that fell to us as equipment supplier of the Cameroon Federation for over three years, " wrote Marc-Henri Beausire boss of Coq Sportif.
The president of the French brand had already referred to the president of Fecafoot on July 11 to invite him to reconsider his decision. "We have already mandated our usual counsel to initiate all legal proceedings to obtain compensation for the damage suffered, which unfortunately will have significant consequences for the Fécafoot," warned the president of the firm.
The Coq Sportif is confident about the outcome of the trial that awaits the Fécafoot and promises to also face the eventual equipment manufacturer who will engage in the meantime. For now, Fécafoot refuses to comment.