Court of Arbitration for Sports rules in favour of General Semengue and his LFPC

The long term fight between the FECAFOOT and the Cameroon Professional Football League, LFPC, has been laid to rest by the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The presidency of General Pierre Semengue has been reinstated while the decision of the FECAFOOT suspending the activities of the LFPC have been described “illegal”.

Accordingly, General Pierre Semengue and his office as per the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports dated Monday, September 14, 2020 has the sole rights to organised professional football leagues in Cameroon.

The letter further stipulates that FECAFOOT’s decision on the LFPC on September 18, 2019 has never been valid.

The CAS reiterates that the complaint launched by the Professional Football League against FECAFOOT on September 3, 2019 was well established and founded.

The Court of Arbitration has ordered the FECAFOOT to reimburse a sum of five thousand Swiss Francs an estimate of some FCFA 3.5 million to the LFPC as charges for the legal proceedings.

The letter clearly states that the arbitration fees to be revealed by the court will be fully funded by the Cameroon Football powerhouse, FECAFOOT.

The decision is final and other complaints from the disgruntled party may not be entertained as per the letter.

The Executive Committee of the FECAFOOT sitting on August 22, 2019 suspended the President of the League, Pierre Semengue making him the honorary president of FECAFOOT.

Though the latter ignored the new decision, the Executive Committee of FECAFOOT, just two weeks later (Tuesday 3rd September 2019), met in an ordinary session to examine the situation of the Professional Football League in Cameroon.

The September 3, 2019 FECAFOOT meeting designated a caretaker committee dubbed the Transitional Technical Committee, TTC, to run the affairs of the LFPC till 31st August 2021.

Aboubakar Alim Konate president of the TTC was charged the organization, management and restructuring of professional football in accordance with the statutes and regulations of FECAFOOT.

The decision of the CAS comes at a time when the Transitional Technical Committee at the FECAFOOT decaled their intentions to launch the 2020/2021 football season on September 2020.

As at now, the future of the Elite One and Two Championships in the country is a worrying situation to football lovers

Benly Anchunda

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