By Leocadia Bongben
Cameroon’s U-17 Lionesses’ coach Fomum Victorine Agum and his assistant Noukuiko Noundui Felix have been slammed a life ban from all football activities.
The Ethics and Fair-play Commission of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT made public the decision on Friday May 4.
Fomum and her assistant are accused of extorting the sum of FCFA 55,000 from players and parents under the pretext that the money was to be used to establish them passports.
Besides, they are indicted for demanding money from players and parents to get players selected in the team.
By the act, she and her assistant violated article 3 of the Code of Ethics of the federation which stipulates exemplary behavior, dignity and credibility, condemning the abuse power and use of functions and position for personal gains.
Also, they indulged in an act of corruption bridging Article 56 of FECAFOOT Disciplinary Code.
Fomum and her assistant have 10 days to appeal.
Following testimonies especially that of Yamen Vanessa, one of the players called to the team, she and her mother testified that Fomum asked them for a sum of 200,000 thousand which they did not have.
Yamen’s non selection into the final squad against Ghana on January 22 for the qualifiers of the 2012 U-17 World Cup in Baku, Adzerbaijan was therefore interpreted as their inability to provide the money demanded.
Ghana on the occasion humiliated the Lionesses’ at home 1-0 during the first leg eliminatory match and 4-0 in the return.
The Commission indicates that Fomum and her assistant collected money with the knowledge of the fact that the federation was going to establish the passports for the players given that she was in the meeting where the modalities were discussed.
In reply to the query on the issue, Fomum, maintained that “initially it was required of each athlete to make her passport and so moves were made as to, that, that is why he told me to collect the money. When the state finally accepted to subsidize the production of these legal papers the money collected from the few girls who has given was reimbursed….”
But, it is argued that there is no proof that she reimbursed the money.
Fomum and his assistant were appointed by the former Minister of Sports and Physical Education Michel Zoah in 2011. Ghana on the occasion humiliated the Lionesses’ at home 1-0 during the first leg eliminatory match and 4-0 in the return.