The boss of Prime Potomac, the company responsible for constructing synthetic turf stadia in Cameroon on behalf of the FECAFOOT and certain municipalities was the guest of a program on Vision 4. Accused to conduct the work with a big slowness, he defended himself and accused the instance of Cameroonian football not having respected the deal. “FECAFOOT is at fault,” he insisted. Below are some exempts.
“I do not know whether I had to take whites to go dig holes in Bafia. Because this is where the confidence crisis came from. They told me: you do not have whites in the team working, but us, we need white in that team. I said it was me who did the work, I choose with whom this work should be done. The most important is that your stadium should be built.
As to finances: They say that there is 782 million somewhere and they would have expected that the work should proceed. But if there is some laxity here, it is from the FECAFOOT. When you sign a contract with a company and you say to this business, there is FCFA 1.6 billion guarantee to be given, and then say, here is FCFA 782 million in guarantee and you show me a contract between yourselves (i.e FECAFOOT and the banks) and tell me that I would have that guarantee on the Friday after, I believe you. And that’s what makes me tell my employees that we have everything we need, and we can start the work. It is a decision that is based on trust.
Everyone should do what they promised to do. I do not want to get into this way of having a double language. I do not know the jargon. I say there was a fault. FECAFOOT made a mistake by not giving us the financial guarantees that were to be given to us. FECAFOOT made mistake by introducing a policy control mission in the fact that it was as if the control mission was there to prevent us from working. How can you explain that employees are on site working and two days after the resumption, the Mission Control is there to talk about a phony issue. We were told that we must transform the American plans into Cameroonian plans. What kind of story is that?
But from where I come from, we do not give up. It’s not because there’s foul play that a match will be stopped. We are in a logic of construction. We said to Cameroonians that we will have their stadia in six months. We will not have them. We must explain to the people of Cameroon why these stadia will not be ready, and ask them to be a little more patient to allow us to build these stadia. I’m not in breach of logic, but of continuation. “