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June 12, 2013
Cameroon Football Federation President held for questioning

Mohammed Iya shakes Samuel Eto'o's hands in a past match.
by Gustave Samnick, Secretary General - AIPS Africa
YAOUNDE, June 12, 2013 - Early Monday, June 10, a day after a defeat (2-0) against the Hawks of Togo in Lome which led Cameroon national football team second behind Libya in his World Cup 2014 qualification group, M. Iya Mohammed, the chairman of Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) was held for questioning by Police and kept in custody for 48 hours.

His arrest was not related to football but to his management of the national company of cotton development (Sodecoton) in which he was the general manager since 1984.

On March 27, 2013, the ministry in charge of the State supreme control published a communiqué announcing that Mr Iya, between 2005 and 2010, was found guilty of 20 mismanagement offenses which led to a loss of 9 billion CFA in the state treasury. The body also suspended Mohammed Iya for seven years from holding any public office.

But the man who is president of Fecafoot since 1998 has decided to run for another 4 year mandate during elections scheduled initially on May 25 this year, despite violent protests of other executive members of the Fecafoot and challengers. On the eve of this day, the Government asked to Fecafoot to postpone its general assembly due to security reasons.

Then Mr Iya went to Mauritius where he took part in the Fifa general assembly and led the delegation of Cameroun to the match lost in Lome against Togo on June 9, 2013. For many observers, this defeat had influenced his questioning. Indomitable Lions have missedthe two last African cup of nations, in 2012 and 2013 and Cameroon is now ranked a lowly 66th in the FIFA rankings.

A case has now been opened against Mohammed Iya, GM of Sodecoton for 29 years and President of Fecafoot for 15 years is now opened.
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