Match fixing scandals have rocked Cameroon's Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 prompting the holding of an emergency meeting this Friday in Yaounde. The Professional Football League of Cameroon (LFPC) headquartered in Yaounde, the nation's capital has summoned members of the National Union of footballers of Cameroon (Synafoc), referees and club managers including Peter Kwemo, the founding president of the Union for the Advancement of Sports in Loum,all involved in corruption allegations.
Today's meeting is expected to examine match fixing complaints recorded during the AS Etoa Meki versus Racing encounter, counting for the 31th day of Ligue 2), Botafogo opposing UMS of Loum hosted on the 29th day of Ligue 1 and Panther against UMS Loum staged on the 30th day of Ligue 1. Cameroon Concord has been told evidence of corruption and attempted corruption are hanging over these games. A senior football official who spoke to Cameroon Concord late yesterday but sued for anonymity observed that "Joseph Owona and his Francophone acolytes are destroying the beautiful game in Cameroon."
In the game AS Etoa-Meki and Racing which ended (1-2) played on Tuesday in the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, the referee Olle Paul reportedly received one million CFA from Pierre Chesneau Kwemo. On August 13, Synafoc launched a "No to match-fixing" campaign that is aim at protecting the integrity of football while raising awareness about the dangers of manipulating matches and above all, to protect and train footballers including other members of the football family on how to identify, resist and report any attempted manipulation before and during a game. The SYNAFOC initiative has received the blessings of Fifpro, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, FIFA and Interpol- the international police.