While he is being summoned for a meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on 8 June with other club leaders in the “FECAFOOT case”, the former goalkeeper of the Indomitable Lions says FIFA had no other choice.
Joseph Antoine Bell, Abdouraman Hamadou Babba, Prosper Nkou Mvondo, Domingo Akoué Épié and Jean Balog are expected to attend the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on June 8th, 2017. These club leaders are members of the Cameroon Football Federation convened by the umbrella body of world football. They will have to take part in the “frank and constructive dialogue” which will confront them with FIFA and the current leaders of the Cameroonian Football Federation whose elections they rightly contest.
In its letter dated 3 May 2017, FIFA states that its action is dictated by the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport of 27 February 2017 confirming the invalidity of the election of the current executive board of FECAFOOT and the concern for to avoid a crisis “in the family of the Cameroonian football” at any moment.
“We are just surprised that it is foreigners who want to solve the crisis. We did not get the impression that there were problems for the local players. At the same time, we know why FIFA finally responded in this way. FIFA only writes this letter because it received scents, and even more than scents, on the side of the CAS [Court of Arbitration for Sport], reacted Joseph Antoine Bell in the columns of Cameroon Tribune this Tuesday.
As for expectations, “I believe that the FIFA letter itself contains the expectations itself, hoping to ensure that Cameroonian football is back on track. Even if for the writer of the letter the crisis broods, while for us Cameroonians, it no longer broods, but has broken out a long time. That’s the only difference, “he added.