- The match between Les Astre de Douala and Aigle Royal de la Menoua was completed in a dimly lit stadium on Wednesday, October 3
- Players and Referee continued playing despite the despicable situation, causing an uproar from fans
- A dispute between FECAFOOT officials and stadium supervisors over gate earnings is the alleged cause of this situation
The match between Les Astre de Douala and Aigle de la Menoua on Wednesday, October 3, 2023, ended in a dimly lights Reunification stadium.
Stadium supervisors failed turn on the lights not until fans protested loudly, and even then, only a small part of the Bepanda stadium was illuminated.
The game started at around 4:21 pm, that is, an hour later than the scheduled time of 3:30 pm. It finished at 6:45 pm, when the sky was already dark and cloudy , making it hard for the fans and journalists to see the action on the pitch clearly.
The fans demanded that the lights be turned on after waiting for a long time. Some used their phone flashlights to show their displeasure with the situation, while others threw objects on the pitch.
Referee Bebouble Amayene stopped the game temporarily, before resuming the action without explanation.
With 15 minutes left in the game, only a few of the bulbs were turned on, as the two main lamps remained off.
The reason for the poor lighting was unclear, but some speculated that it was related to a previous conflict between the Cameroon football officials and the stadium supervisors over the gate earnings.
They had reportedly clashed before the first game against Dynamo, with the stadium staff accusing the federation of keeping all the money from the ticket sales, including the one that was supposed to pay for the stadium maintenance personnels.
Either party is yet to react on this situation.
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