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Cameroon: Unearthing why FECAFOOT postponed Elite 1 draw hours after scheduling

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • FECAFOOT have set Saturday, September 23 as the new draw date
  • Clubs were not adequately represented during the initial event.
  • FECAFOOT will pair the 19 clubs in two pools of ten and nine club each
  • The draw will not have any conditions
  • The MTN Elite One championship is expected to start on September 30
  • The 2024 Champions will be decided in a playoff tournament whose details FECAFOOT will communicate
  • The winner of the championship will get 50 millions FCFA
  • At the end of the season, five clubs be relegated and two will be promoted to achieve a 16-club Elite One in 2024

Blaise Djounang, the Secretary General of the Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT) has published a release, postponing the MTN Elite 1 championship draw barely hours after scheduling it due to a number of issues.

The draw process to produce the two pools for the 2023/24 championship was initially to be made this Thursday, September 21, but the SG elected to postpone by 48 hours, without stating reasons behind the move.

According to our findings a number of stakeholders expected at the ceremony didn’t turn up, while the small proportions that came were representatives and not first party plus a number of clubs are yet to receive the club licensing clearance, thus prompting the move

Thursday’s release postponing the event revealed that the draw will be conducted at the headquarters of the national football powerhouse in Tsinga, from 11AM local time on Saturday.

As it has been the case since 2021, when the draw will be made, the clubs involved are expected to be grouped into two sub pools in the coming season.

The Federation didn’t communicate on whether the clubs will be ceded or it will be an open draw process, but in the past clubs were not ceded and there were no draw regulations.

19 clubs will participate in this year’s championship. Therefore, FECAFOOT will likely group them into a Pool A of 10 clubs and the rest in Pool B.

During the draw, bookmakers will keep their eyes on Cotonsport, champions in the past three seasons and one of the busiest teams this window. Big spenders, Dynamo that have made a loud return to Elite 1 by landing some of the best players in the market and splashing over 40 millions FCFA in transfer fees will equally catch interest.

Fellow newbie, Victoria United FC will be a subject of attention, just like Colombe of Dja, 2020 champions, PWD of Bamenda and winners in 2000, Fovu of Baham. These clubs have all had a busy close season shopping.

If last season’s format is maintained, then the top two clubs in each of the pools will advance to the playoffs.

Last year’s national champion, Cotonsport accumulated maximum points from the four-club playoff to outclass the likes of Bamboutos FC, Canon Yaounde and Gazelle FA who entered the competition.

The new Elite One championship is expected to get underway on September 30, 2023 and run till June 2024.

The winner of the championship will bag home an improved prize money of 50 Millions FCFA, in addition to the right to represent the country in the CAF Champions League for the 2024/25 season.

These days, the runners-up gets 30 Millions FCFA and sometimes enter the CAF Confederation Cup (if FECAFOOT decides so).

Dynamo FC of Douala and Victoria United FC of Limbe are the newbies of the championship this season while Dragon Yaounde, Renaissance, Eding Sport, YAFOOT FC of the same city plus Djiko FC of Bandjoun all got relegated at the end of last season.

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