There is a growing believe that party politics is eating up Cameroon football and it’s stakeholders since December 2021.
These days stakeholders who were once leading the process of asking tough questions to ensure the put leaders of the country’s football on their toes have been reduced to handclappers.
The new trend in the country’s football preaches that it’s stakeholders must sing praise and worship about Samuel Eto’o Fils – the president of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) to avoid threats about their survival in the industry.
The worry grown to the extent that it is a common occurance for a stakeholder to be told to his face that citing with the president of FECAFOOT is the minimum requirement for survival.
The present situation has reduced the role of the delegates of the General Assembly of FECAFOOT to that of persons who attend sessions, clap, get their perdiems and return home without raising pertinent issues that affects the daily life of the country’s football.
This Tuesday, October 10, photos of delegates to the extraordinary General Assembly of FECAFOOT who were to discuss the future of the country’s football federation’s presidency surfaced on social media wearing scarfs with political messages instead of the daily worries the same delegates experience and raise in their daily operations.
“I am Samuel Eto’o. Total support to Samuel Eto’o,” were two messages.
The support from the delegates by carrying gadgets produced by Eto’o’s team is aimed at playing down the recommendation of the court of arbitration for sports decision to re-examine the position of the FECAFOOT president amidst a number of legal processes that have been breached by him and his team during his time in power.
A Confederation of African Football (CAF) investigation into “certain alleged improper conduct” by Eto’o in early August has yet to take any action against him. But a letter sent by several leading football officials last week jointly addressing FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, and the CAF president, Dr Patrice Motsepe, that questioned how Eto’o had been allowed to continue “to illegally impose himself on the FECAFOOT presidency” prompted police to launch an official investigation into the leaked recording.
Though Eto’o has come under huge scrutiny from a cross section of football stakeholders in recent times owing to lacunes of management manifested during his time in office, those in positions of power in his team frown about his management style in private, but pretend to love him whenever they meet him.
Through all these, these stakeholders who have opted to publicly show cosmetic support to the former Barcelona and Chelsea striker, but complained in private about his management style have reduced themselves to ‘mascots’ in the eyes of critical thinkers.
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