FECAFOOT begins probe into player welfare in Cameroonian League

Teams in the top two domestic leagues have not paid their players for several months
Photo taken on June 27, 2013 shows the headquarters of the Federation Camerounaise de Football (Fecafoot), or Cameroonian Football Federation, in Yaounde. The election appeals board of Fecafoot announced on June 27, that they had annuled on June 26 the reelection of the incumbent president, Iya Mohammed, who was arrested on June 10 for alleged embezzlement. AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE (Photo by Reinnier KAZE / AFP)

The Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) has formally launched an investigation into claims that more than 70% of clubs in the country’s top tier are owing player salaries.

Teams in the top two domestic leagues have not paid their players for several months, with some footballers competing without contracts.

The move by FECAFOOT comes after secretary general of football’s world body FIFA, Fatma Samoura, instructed Fecafoot president Seidou Mbombo Njoya via an email to look into the matter.

Samoura wrote, “We have been informed by the secretary general of Fifpro [global players’ union] Theo Van Seggelen and the president of Cameroon’s player union Geremi Njitap of the non-payment of salaries and bonuses to players from 24 clubs in Cameroon’s top and second tier championship.”

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“It is Fecafoot’s responsibility to ensure that players’ rights are respected, and the non-payment of salaries and bonuses – with some dating as far back as the 2017-2018 season – is unacceptable.

“We are asking you to take urgent measures to bring an end to this situation and ensure that the footballers from these 24 clubs receive their wages.”


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