By Charles Annick Nseme
The case between the former Indomitable Lions’ Coach, Antonio Conceicao, and the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, will be tabled before the players’ Status Committee.
The information was disclosed in a letter published by the world football governing body, FIFA, recently. Conceicao had filed a letter of complaint against FECAFOOT for the undue and abrupt breaching of his contract.
Alongside the complaint, the coach demanded the payment of damages amounting up to FCFA 1 billion. Part of this amount is meant to cover his unpaid salary until 2023, when the contract was supposed to end.
However, FIFA had requested for statements and proofs from both parties before April 22, but they stayed mute. The former head coach was also asked to tell the Federation what his professional life has been like since his contract was abruptly terminated.
In a statement, FIFA had said, “No further submission from parties will be admitted to the file.” The matter will be tabled to the players’ Status Committee for a verdict.
Antonio Conceicao Da Silva Oliveira had been head coach of the Indomitable Lions since 2019. He replaced Dutchman, Clarence Seedorf. He coached the Lions during the African Cup of Nations in 2019 where the Lions left the competition at the round of eight.
After taking the team to the semi-finals of the 2021 AFCON staged in 2022 in Cameroon, his team could only bring home a third position medal. Before AFCON 2021, his contract was renewed with the FECAFOOT for two more years.