Following years of salary arrears owed to many players in Cameroon domestic league, FIFA has requested the intervention of the country’s football association (Fecafoot) to resolve the crisis.
The world football’s governing body has imposed an ultimatum of March 3 to clear the debts or else ‘severe’ sanctions would follow, according to a letter sent to Fecafoot.
FIFA’s reaction was prompted by several complaints lodged by Cameroon’s football union (Synafoc) as well as FIFPro.
In all, 24 clubs are concerned in the topflight and lower divisions, with some owing players up to 24 months, according to Synafoc.
Fecafoot new president Seydou Mbombo Njoya says clubs owing players would be informed of the gravity of the situation.
Issouf Habib, a 24-year-old defender with a top division club says he is paid $175 per month but earned his last salary in July 2018.
“It’s very difficult for players in Cameroon. Our pay is a peanut yet they don’t pay regularly. I have a daughter and a pregnant fiancée. How do I take care of them and have the peace of mind to play football,” he told ACLsports.