20, February 2019
Cameroonian first and second division players have been organizing several strikes over the past few weeks to pressure the country’s FA into settling outstanding payments owed to them since the 2017/2018 season.
Geremi Njitap, the president of the National Syndicate of Footballers in Cameroon (NSFC) and former Indomitable Lions captain, filed a complaint to FIFA on 5 February asking them to intervene and settle the matter.
“We are asking you to take urgent measures to ensure that the salaries and bonuses of the players from 24 clubs should be paid according to their contractual obligations,” FIFA said on Monday in a letter addressed to the Cameroonian FA. The world governing body has set a 4 March date to solve the issue.
The threat has resonated well, with the government allocating 84 million Cameroonian francs as a first tranche for the clubs. Cameroonian clubs rely heavily on allocations from the state, which have been stalled over the past two years, and some sponsorship deals.
According to a letter published by the NSFC on Tuesday, each Ligue 1 club will receive three million while second-division teams will get two million, to be spent exclusively on salaries.