Though delegates to FECAFOOT’s ordinary congress and board meeting called on the improvement of the management of FECAFOOT, they overwhelmingly praised president Iya Mohamed’s transparent management of FECAFOOT.
In their praises for Iya Mohamed, they easily adopted the 2003 budget of 2.9 billion Francs CFA. The budget drop from over 4 billion last year was due to the absence of Nations Cup and World Cup revenue, according to the chief financial officer, Alioum Alhadji.
The president received an also standing ovation after he presented his annual report which demonstrated that the year was a positive one.
Most of the money will go for the development of football, the construction of a modern training facility on a six hectare land near Yaounde, the acquisition of headquarters for the ten provincial leagues and the improvement of its services.
Delegates urged the executive to also improve communication between them and the federation’s support for clubs, especially those involved in continental competitions.
While chairman Iya promised to give more to football development in case non-budgeted revenue came. Delegates wanted the bureau to pressure the youth and sports ministry abandon part of the money it gets from sponsorship deals, so that it could go to support local competitions and match officials.
Meantime, board members were very pre-occupied with the massive exodus of youths. Faced with a complex issue, they decided to create a 12-man committee to study the matter and propose solutions.
The board finished with its statutory duty of validating last season’s result and the division one fixtures for the new season to start on 8 February.
The season will kick off with a ceremony featuring the first game between newcomers PWD Bamenda and Victoria United (OPOPO) in Bamenda.