With just three months of normalcy at the Benin football federation (FBF) after more than a year of turbulence, the nation’s football is about to experience another crisis following Fifa’s threat of sanctions a day after a court in Porto Novo asked the Fifa-recognised president of the FBF, Moucharafou Anjorin, to hand over to his contested rival Victorien Attolou.
Attolou broke away from the body with 11 other members to form a parallel football federation in February 2011 without the blessings of neither Fifa nor the Confederation of African Football (Caf). He received the support of the sports ministry and ran his rival FA alongside the FBF for months before relinquishing upon pressures from the world’s football governing body and Caf.
The court said it recognised the existence of Attolou’s organisation and asked Moucharafou Anjorin to proceed with transfer of power immediately.
However, Fifa condemned the court’s ruling stating that it is a violation of Articles 13 and 17 of the body’s statutes which state that “member associations must manage their affairs independently and without external interference.”
“The FBF experienced a very difficult year 2011 and it would be unfortunate to suffer another again,” Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said in a letter sent to Benin authorities.