Cameroon’s national football team, nicknamed the Indomitable Lions, are currently preparing for the final phase of the African Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place in Gabon from 14 January to 5 February 2017. However, Cameroonians participation at this meeting is always a subject of debate, because of the quarrels over four years between the members of the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT).
On one hand, the executive of the Cameroon Football Federation, led for two years by Tombi A Roko Sidiki, and on the other, Abdouraman Babba Hamadou, chairman of the Étoile filante de Garoua and leader Of the opposition, which denies all legitimacy to the current FECAFOOT Governing Board.
Abdouraman et al appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, to set aside the CAF’s decision to allow a non-representative FECAFOOT team to participate in the AFCON Gabon 2017 finals. To this effect, a complaint against CAF was filed on December 20, 2016.
“The CAS verdict with suspensive effect concerning the participation of the Indomitable Lions in the AFCON in Gabon will be made next week between Tuesday 10 January and Thursday 12 January 2017,” informs an opposition member.
Before this new complaint, Abdouraman Babba Hamadou and others had already filed two complaints against FIFA on one hand and FECAFOOT on the other hand to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
All three complaints have the same goal: to resume the electoral process that had brought Tombi A Roko Sidki to the head of the FECAFOOT. The last ballot had been invalidated by the judges of the National Olympic and Sports Committee of Cameroon. But, Tombi A Roko did not let go of the orders of the federation. For Abdouraman, it is a usurper of function that the CAS must dislodge.