The Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, has distanced itself from what it describes as malicious and crudely crafted “fake news” circulating on social media platforms.
Fecafoot Secretary-General Blaise Djounang signed a press release on January 16 indicating that rumors regarding the unavailability of Captain Vincent Aboubakar, maliciously attributed to the President of FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o Fils, as well as the alleged quarrel between the manager-selector and the federation’s president, and the supposed exclusion of several federal personnel from the delegation in Yamoussoukro, are all baseless and false.
FECAFOOT stressed that such crudely crafted “fake news” stories have the potential to destabilize the national team, its technical staff, and its administrative support staff.
The press release states, “Regarding the latter, FECAFOOT would like to remind the public that it has established a rotation system that allows its staff to physically participate in international competitions, in particular the CAN TotalEnergies 2023.”
It further explains that the delegations will arrive in successive waves, with the first delegation arriving on January 14 for the start of the competition, the second delegation arriving on the 17th for the second match, and a third delegation planned for the final group match. This rotation will continue based on the performance of the Indomitable Lions in the competition.
Given the risk of misinformation, FECAFOOT urges Indomitable Lions fans to be vigilant and seek information from reliable sources. It calls upon social media users to contribute, through goodwill and restraint, to preserve the serenity of the competition.
On January 16th, messages circulated widely on social media platforms alleging the expulsion of Mabouang, Lucien Mettomo, and Tchoutang from the FECAFOOT delegation, with claims that they were returning to Yaoundé from Abidjan. Additionally, messages suggested a serious altercation between the coach and the president of FECAFOOT at the Lions’ hotel.
Another message claimed that Rigobert Song informed some former Lions that the president decided not to call up Eric Maxime Tchoupo, Martin Hongla, and Kunde Malong, leading to an angry response from the former players and their subsequent expulsion. However, FECAFOOT denies these claims and urges caution when consuming such misleading information.
By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo