Fifa lifts suspension on Cameroon

World football governing body Fifa has lifted the temporary ban imposed on the central African country after a normalisation committee was put in place

Fifa on Monday lifted a temporary suspension imposed on Cameroon earlier this month for government meddling in the affairs of the country’s football federation.

A delegation from the Football Federation (Fecafoot) met with Fifa president Sepp Blatter last week in Zurich and announced, upon their return to Yaoundé, that the installation of a normalisation committee would be sped up.

The committee was set up on Saturday July 20 under the auspices of Fifa and Caf, and began work on Monday July 22.

“We are pleased to announce that following the appointment of the committee standardisation July 20, 2013 and taking office this Monday, July 22, 2013 at the headquarters of Fecafoot in the presence of Fifa and Caf, the conditions laid down by the Emergency Committee of Fifa for the lifting of the suspension are met henceforth,” Fifa said in a letter to the normalisation committee president Joseph Owona.

“The lifting of the suspension means that the clubs, officials and other representatives of Fecafoot can immediately resume their interrupted activities. Similarly there is henceforth no more hindrance to the resumption of classes and various programs granted by Fifa, Caf and other national associations.”

Cameroon champions Coton Sport de Garoua saw their Caf Champions League group phase fixture against Cote D’Ivoire’s Sewe Sport put off till next weekend following the Fifa suspension.