The Cameroon Football Federation, Fecafoot, has opted for peace, by supporting the appointment of Coach Jean Paul Akono to steer clear Fifa sanction on Cameroon.
As the federation held its ordinary executive meeting, a member told BBC Sports, “When the FIFA learnt that government appointed a coach without associating the federation, it asked questions”.
“Cameroon could be sanctioned if the federation is not in support”.
The federation only made known its position today, October 3, since the appointment of the coach on September 13.
Sports Minister, Adouma Garoua appointed Jean Paul Akono when the federation was meeting in the northern town of Garoua to deliberate on the next step after the 2-0 defeat against Cape Verde, followed by public dismay.
The federation certainly had decided to replace Lavagne but, the news of Akono’s appointment came to them as a surprise.
The federation was not associated in the move to appoint a new coach. The FA was not at audience the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang granted Samuel Eto’o Fils, team manager, Rigobert Song, Coach, Jean Paul Akono and Sports Minister.
Despite these, Fecafoot executive members after deliberated on the situation of the national team, decided to throw their weight behind the coach Akono.
“The executive committee drums support for the coach Jean Paul Akono and the technical staff”.
“We invite Cameroonians to turn out massively on to egg the indomitable Lions to victory and qualification”, John B Ndeh, FA Vice-President, read release issued at the end of the meeting.
The team is down with two goals from the defeat against Cape Verde and has dropped 10 places in Fifa rankings.
The committee also deliberated on the competitions organized during the 2011/2012 football season, the tournament to ascend to the professional league, first division female football tournament and the youth championship.