It was an uncommon show of satisfaction and fulfillment by a practically rejuvenated President of the Northwest regional league of the Cameroon Football Federation FECAFOOT John B. Nbeh Friday October 13, 2017 in Bamenda as he and his board members officially took office following the recent decision of the normalisation committee ordering the return of the 2009 executives of the football association at the helm of Divisional and Regional structures.

The former minister of transport who was first Vice President of FECAFOOT national is known to have been stripped off the position of National President at the time the then President Iya Mohammed was arrested. At the Bamenda office taking event, reconciliation between the John B. Ndeh and Kaba Christopher turned out to be the greatest attraction as both made pronouncements insinuating burial of hatchets with JB Ndeh’s description of Kaba Christopher as “soldier ants” sparking expected laughter. 

Uncertainty as John B. Ndeh and 2009 board returns
Like the National Federation, the North Regional chapter of Cameroon's Football Federation FECAFOOT has not known peace since the failure of John B. NDEH to assume the office of National President following the arrest and detention of former president Iya Mohammed. As to how this failure impacted the NW chapter is a story for another time but for now the presiding events and the current state of affairs breeds some uncertainty as the new normalisation of Barrister Dieudonné Happi steps in to order the return to the 2009 executive.

According to internal rules and regulations of FECAFOOT, once elected into the national bureau you are expected to relinquish any regional function which you had within the federation. By this provision John B. Ndeh who was elected National vice president of Iya Mohammed had relinquished is regional office as president to his first vice Fortibuh Hillary who was his first vice at the regional. Fortibuh Hillary now had to work with his immediate collaborator Kaba Christopher who was unanimously elected by the then executive board as the regional secretary following the the statues of the federation.
By simple understanding these people were working or were supposed to work together. Unfortunately in 2015 after the appointment of the Joseph Owona led normalisation commission, elections were announced in the Northwest region with Tambe Jonathan as coordinator and the presumption that they were working together was quickly washed away as Kaba Christopher emerged as presidential candidate against his former boss John B. Ndeh.
From the way things went coupled with an epistle fired by John B. Ndeh dissociating himself from the elections of that day and presented self as respecter of state institutions including the chamber of Conciliationon and arbitration of the national Olympic and sports committee on election day, it is now clear things had gone sour between the two though Kaba kept giving the impression that John B. Ndeh was his father and he respected him that much.
From then till October 13, Kaba Christopher has been running FECAFOOT NW as John B. Ndeh watches from a distance. The most recent decision of the normalisation committee to reinstate the 2009 board and executive board of regional and divisional offices of FECAFOOT across the country Including NW announces unclear circumstances as John B. Ndeh takes office to sit on same board with Kaba Christopher who is not only board member but then secretary General.
The board of the federation in the NW as at 2009 had as President John B. Ndeh, Vice Fortibuh Hillary, Secretary General Kaba Christopher, assistant SG Mbanwi Philip, and Treasurer Tabali Bernard. While others were nowhere to be found, Fortibuh Hillary stood by Kaba during the 2015 elections implying the willingness to stand with Kaba and not John B. Ndeh and for others no one can say where they went to or where they stand. As to how they will manage themselves in the board now is a complex speculation. Before the solemn office taking event, there were already rumours in circulation about John B. Ndeh's determination to kick Kaba Christopher out of the board for betrayal of loyalty.
On the other hand since the creation of the normalisation committee, postulants have been emerging with interest to lead the regional football body. Grapevine talks of Chi Ivo president of regional division two team Grassland FC of Nkwen, Yong Jacques president of Yong Sports Academy, Immediate past president Kaba Christopher and founder of Santos FC, and now John B. Ndeh whose ambition for national office can only be backed by a regional executive ticket have declared to run for office of FECAFOOT NW president. While age seems to be eliminating the later, Kaba Christopher is battling with several scandals from club presidents and referees in the region. Yong Jacques and Chi Ivo seem to be the dark horses in the race that may even turn deadly but their support for the game of football and residence may draw the line if other dark houses will not resurface. They will however need to convince the over 15 board members of 2009 if they are included in the Electoral College to have them in office since most of them never had teams at the regional level then.
Many have however questioned why John B. Ndeh is taking over when effectively it was Fortibuh Hilary who was President since his boss had relinquished the post for the National first vice. The public declarations from both parties at the Bamenda event gave the impression that both were ready to collaborate.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or

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