Cameroon authorities back off after threats from Fifa

The Cameroon sports ministry says it will now allow the Football Federation to go ahead with planned general elections following Fifa’s intervention

Cameroon minister of sports Adoum Garoua on Wednesday announced that the country’s Football Federation (Fecafoot) could proceed with its general elections days after Fifa threatened to impose sanctions if the authorities continued to meddle in the affairs of the football body.

The ministry suspended the vote last week after a group of retired Cameroon internationals including Joseph Antoine Bell, Emmanuel Mve and Roger Milla complained they were excluded from the process.

However, Fifa had quickly sent a warning to the sport minister to allow Fecafoot to organise its elections otherwise the country could face sanctions for interference.

Garoua said the move was to avoid a fracas during the elections due to ongoing tensions within the body, but has urged the Fecafoot president Iya Mohammed to make sure the May 25 vote happens peacefully.

Elections will be held for the presidency and members of the executive council.

Incumbent president Mohammed is facing criticism from a number of ex-footballers for mismanagement of funds. He is also not on good terms with the Indomitable Lions captain Samuel Eto’o.

Mohammed’s international passport was seized last week by airport police while he was about to board a plane for France, following administrative issues with state-owned cotton firm, Sodecoton, which he also manages.