July 22 - Cameroon's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been restored after the indefinite suspension of their national Football Association (Fecafoot) from FIFA was overturned, leaving national and domestic sides free to compete once again.
Fecafoot was suspended from FIFA on July 4 over allegedGovernment interference in the re-election of their imprisoned President, meaning that the national team and domestic clubs were banned from playing competitive matches, which would have resulted in The Indomitable Lions being unable to complete their all-important World Cup qualifying fixture against Libya on September 4.
But FIFA have today stated that their conditions have been met in the allowing of the Normalisation Committee, led by former Minister of Education and Sports Joseph Owona, to conduct their work at the Fecafoot headquarters, thus freeing national and domestic teams to compete once again.
"As requested by the FIFA Emergency Committee, the Normalisation Committee that was appointed on 20 July 2013 was able to take up its duties this Monday...at the Fecafoot headquarters, with FIFA and CAF (Confederation of African Football) observers present," read a statement from FIFA.
"The lifting of the suspension means that Fecafoot's clubs, officials and other representatives can immediately resume their activities, which had been interrupted."
Club side Coton Sport saw their African Champions League campaign disrupted by the ban, as they were awarded a 3-0 default loss in their opening group match after failing to complete the fixture.
But the national team, who currently top their World Cup qualification group after a 2-0 defeat to Togo was overturned to give themselves a 3-0 win by default after it emerged that their opponents had fielded an ineligible player, require just a draw against Libya to advance to the play-off stages of qualification, which would leave them just one tie away from booking their place in Brazil next summer.
The suspension itself was bought upon Fecafoot after their President Iya Mohammed was re-elected for another term despite being imprisoned for allegedly embezzling state-owned cotton company Sodecoton of $19 million (£12.5 million/€14.5 million).
The Ethics and Fair Play Commission of Cameroon subsequently voided the results of the vote, which led to FIFA stepping in and dishing out a ban to Fecafoot.
The Normalisation Committee will now revise the statutes of the organisation, with new presidential elections due to take place before March 31 next year.
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July 2013: Cameroon FA suspended by FIFA over Government interference after re-election of imprisoned President
June 2013: Cameroon Football Federation and FIFA on collision course after President re-elected despite being in prison