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Association of Amateur Football Club members call for Eto’o’s resignation from FECAFOOT

Eleven members of the Association of Amateur Football Clubs in Cameroon (ACFAC) led by its president M. Balla Ongolo Henri Claude, have asked Samuel Eto’o to resign as FECAFOOT president.

The ACFAC executive bureau met in an extraordinary session on Wednesday, July 5, to deliberate on the upheavals plaguing the Cameroon football governing body. Twelve out of thirteen members were present; eleven expressed dissatisfaction with Eto’o’s leadership.

They said Cameroon football is crumbling and “needs to be saved”.

The Association members evoked irregularities such as lack of transparency in the management of finance and sponsorship contracts, intimidation and arbitrary exclusion of executive committee members for criticising the federation, and the manipulation of match results.

Unilateral termination of contracts with former national team coach Antonio Conceicao as well as the deal with kit supplier Coq Sportif, was considered financially damaging to the federation. The amateur club stakeholders also highlighted FECAFOOT’s involvement with a betting company as violating the FECAFOOT and FIFA codes of ethics.

One of the amateur club owners Henry Njalla Quan II of the Njalla Quan Sports Academy, has recently been in a heated disagreement with the federation where he also served as fourth vice president before his resignation.

Samuel Eto’o is in his 19th month as president of FECAFOOT. Complaints about his leadership are overwhelming. Supporters had hoped he would bring calm at Tsinga.

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