Cameroon Cameroon Sports Tribunal Delays Brys Appointment

Cameroon’s top sports tribunal delayed Belgian Marc Brys’ appointment as head coach on Tuesday in response to an amateur football club’s plea.

Last month, the country’s sports ministry sparked controversy by appointing 61-year-old Brys as manager of the Indomitable Lions without consulting the football federation.

The action created a conflict between the sports ministry and FECAFOOT, which claimed that the government had made a unilateral decision.

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In response, it asked its president, Samuel Eto’o, to submit a national coach and other management personnel for the national team within 72 hours, escalating its conflict with the sports ministry.

Eto’o retained Brys as head coach but appointed new assistants, technical, medical, and administrative staff.

Meanwhile, an amateur club appealed to the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee’s Arbitration and Conciliation Chamber.

In a temporary order issued on Tuesday, the court delayed the FECAFOOT appointments while it conducted a thorough investigation.

Concerned parties have 24 hours to appeal. FECAFOOT responded by stating that it “reserves the right to refer these decisions to FIFA, as they impede the preparation process for the upcoming sporting events.”

The Emergency Committee of FECAFOOT will meet immediately to take appropriate measures,” it said in a statement.

Soccer’s global governing body FIFA has severe restrictions against government meddling in national federations, and countries that tamper with federation operations are typically barred from participating.

The head of the Cameroon Association of Amateur Football Clubs, Balla Ongolo Henri, has earlier stated that Eto’o’s nominations would harm Cameroon’s reputation and hinder preparations for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June.

Brys, 61, signed a contract as head coach of the Indomitable Lions on May 8, following Rigobert Song’s sacking in February.

FECAFOOT did not participate in the signing ceremony.

The sports ministry claims to have followed both national and international regulations.

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