Sepp Blatter, Fifa President has told Cameroon President, Paul Biya that sports (football) has to be autonomous, though he nuances that autonomy does not mean independence.
Blatter and President Biya discussed football generally and football health on the side-lines of the inauguration of the CAF Technical Centre in in the outskirts of Yaoundé.
“I repeated this to the Head of State, sports has to be autonomous, but autonomy does not mean independence. The laws of each country prevail on the autonomy of sports and participating international sport, the status of each federation should be in harmony with Fifa status”.
Sources also hold that President Biya and Blatter discussed the possibility of Cameroon hosting the 2019 edition of African Nations Cup. Also, Iya Mohammed former Fecafoot President imprisoned for alleged embezzlement of fund from the coton company, Sodecoton was also in the agenda of the two presidents.
Given the crises in African federations, football seems to have a governance problem as has been the case with the Cameroon Football Federation.
For Blatter, governance is big theme in Fifa in the management of football federations with focus on organisation and administration before development and play.
Blatter said the Normalisation Committee was important not to put things in order, but, to get back to the rails with federation having much time to revise the statutes in collaboration with the Fifa legal department.
He pledged Fifa support to national associations to promote good governance in respect of the laws of the country and Fifa statutes.