Cameroon league debuts 7 January
Coton Sport fans
The inauguration of the brand new Professional Football League (LFP) has not run smoothly in the land of the Indomitable Lions.
But the talks that have been raging for weeks now between the Premier Division Clubs’ Association (ACPD), the LFP, Fécafoot and the Minister of Sports, on the issue of subsidies to be paid to the Elite One and Elite Two clubs, seem to have been concluded following a meeting between the club presidents and the Minister of Sports on Thursday.
The ACPD demanded a 100 million FCFA subsidy for each Elite One club and 60 million FCFA for those competing in Elite Two, and this is to be paid in full before the start of the competitions; while the LFP only proposed the half of these amounts.
Important to note is that the latter is dependent on the Federation and the State.
The new institution presided over by General Pierre Semengue should receive 250 million FCFA from Fécafoot soon, as well as a subsidy from the state to the sum of 300 million FCFA to subsidise the players’ salaries.
The sponsor, MTN Cameroun’s subsidy will also be added to these funds.
Whatever the case, it seems that the clubs have received guaranties from the managing authorities, since the kick-off of the 2012 season has been fixed.
This will take place on 7 January at the Stade de la Réunification de Douala where Union Sportive will host Tiko United. The other six matches of the first day of the league will take place the next day.
The Elite Two championship will debut on 14 January.
It should be noted that the past season will officially end on Sunday 11 December with the final of the Cameroon Cup which will oppose the 2011 champion, Coton Sport de Garoua and Unisport du Haut-Nkam at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo de Yaoundé.