Friday, May 24, 2013

Soccer: Government Suspends Cameroon FA Elections

John Begheni Ndeh, Vindicated
The government has banned the election of a new president at the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT.
The National Television has announced that for security reasons, the elective General assembly of FECAFOOT that was scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday May 25, 2013 has been postponed till further notice.
The same announcement says the arbitration and conciliation commission of the National Olympics and Sports committee has declared incumbent president, Iya Salim Shagari Mohammed ineligible for the election.
Delegates from the regions who inundated the capital, Yaounde ahead of the elections are reportedly frustrated.
CAF and FIFA representatives to the election are currently holding a meeting Yaounde with the delegates from the regions.
Three candidates were vying for the post of president of Cameroon FA; Iya Mohamed, John Begheni and Marlene Emvoutou.
The former Director of Cabinet of the incumbent President and current President of the Etoile Filante Football Club of Garoua in a press conference in Yaounde earlier today had criticized the legal framework under which the FECAFOOT elections were to take place.
Mr Abdouraman Hamadou Babba said FECAFOOT texts have been violated by incumbent president, Iya Mohammed.
Iya’s main challenger, John Begheni had earlier requested that the candidature of the incumbent be rejected.
Iya Mohammed has been at the head of Cameroon's football federation for 15 years now. His leadership could be credited with the gold medal won by Cameroon at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, 2 African cup of Nation wins in 2000 and 2004 and two World cup participations in 2002 in Korea/ Japan and 2010 in South Africa.
John Begheni Ndeh is the current first vice president of FECAFOOT.

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