The world football governing body, FIFA has passed its verdict in favour of Samuel Nlend and Union of Douala against Al- Ittihad football club of Alexandria, Egypt. Cameroon Tribune in its Wednesday July 26th edition, reports that Union of Douala posted on its Facebook wall last Monday indicating that Al-ittihad of Alexandria will pay Union's attacker, Samuel Nlend a sum of 440000 dollars ( 247 million fcfa) as damages for a breach of contract.
Al-ittihad in August 2016, signed the Cameroonian attacker for 3 years after he completed a splendid season with Union of Douala. Few days after the contract was concluded, the club announced a breach of contract claiming the player was not medically fit meanwhile he had passed the first medical test before the deal was sealed. The club of Alexandria, went ahead to publish the medical report of Samuel Nlend indicating that he was HIV positive an act which was heavily criticised by football stakeholders around the world.
Despite the frustration, humiliation and stigmatization, the player returned to Cameroon and re-engaged with former club Union which filed a law suit against the Egyptian club. The decision taken by FIFA has been described by the president of the board of directors of Union movement sportif of Douala as formidable and first of its kind.