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Fifa Punk Cameroon

Cameroon were punked by Fifa on Thursday.

No sooner had they finished their Roger Milla samba in celebration of claiming top spot in their World Cup qualifying group by default, than they were unceremoniously thrown out of the party altogether.

In a whirlwind 15 minutes, the Indomitable Lions were boosted to the top of their World Cup qualifying group, after leaders Togo were docked three points for fielding suspended Jacques Alexys Romao illegally during their 2-0 win when the two teams met last month.

But almost immediately after that, Cameroon were provisionally suspended from all football by Fifa, because of alleged government interference in the affairs of the country’s football federation, Fecafoot.

"During the period of suspension, Fecafoot may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches," Fifa said in a statement on the matter.

"In addition, neither Fecafoot nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any Fifa or Caf development programmes, courses or training during the suspension period."

Fifa added that Cameroon’s ban from football will only be lifted when government authorities "allow the new normalisation committee to enter the Fecafoot headquarters and to carry out its activities unhindered".

Cameroon’s last World Cup qualifier is against Libya in September, and if they have not pleased Fifa by getting their house in order by then, they will not be allowed to play.

They would then be expelled from the qualification process, and would miss out on playing in their seventh World Cup.

 

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