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Elite Football Playoffs Rescheduled Amidst Legal and Administrative Challenges

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • In a recent turn of events, the playoffs for Elite One and Two divisions have seen a postponement to the new date of March 22, 2024.
  • The announcement was made through a communique released on Thursday, signed by Djounang Blaise, the Secretary General of the Cameroon Football Federation.
  • This update arrives notably late, as teams such as Cotonsport and Gazelle from Garoua had already embarked on their journey to the playoff venue in Douala

The kickoff for the highly anticipated promotion and relegation playoffs in Cameroon’s elite football championships has been deferred.

Originally set to commence on Friday, March 15, 2024, the event will now launch on Friday, March 22, 2024.

The General Secretary of the Cameroon Football Federation, Djounang Blaise, has released a communique this Thursday confirming the postponement.

This announcement comes at a crucial juncture, as several teams, including Cotonsport and Gazelle from Garoua, are already in the playoff-up location, Douala.

The delay is attributed to the unpreparedness of many teams, exacerbated by the revelation of a list disqualifying over 93 players due to dual identity issues across the first and second divisions.

Significantly, the rescheduling follows a legal appeal by Fauve Azur’s legal team for a postponement, following the Cameroon Court of Arbitration’s decision favoring Avion over Victoria United. This sees the reinstatement of the Faya boys back in the playoff-up.

Additionally, the collective pressure from the association of elite club presidents, who petitioned the sports minister to nullify the entire season, likely influenced the federation’s decision to adjust the playoff schedule.

The recent communique from the Cameroon Football Federation regarding the postponement of the playoffs did not explicitly state the reasons for the delay. However, the reasons mentioned above hint at the underlying causes.

This one-week postponement will accord the federation the necessary time to implement the decisions of the Cameroon Court of Arbitration on several pending cases.

Moreover, this period will enable fecafoot officials reconcile their findings with the dual identity case justifications, thereby curating an appropriate list of players for the playoffs.

This crucial step is expected to enhance the credibility of the competition, which holds significant importance as it determines the representatives for Cameroon in next season’s Champions League.

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