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In Cameroon, many professional footballers are waiting for their club to pay wage arrears. Recently, players from two teams went on strike to protest against salary non-payment.

 

Players from Scorpion du Bé refused to train or play their match in the 18th round of the Elite One, Cameroon's premier league. They also threatened to boycott the 19th round, which would have severe consequences for their club. According to the rules of the Cameroon football association (Fecafoot), any club missing two matches in the championship will be taken out of the competition and relegated two divisions.

 

In the end, the Scorpion players decided to play the 19th round. Last Sunday (August 12) they played at home, losing to Renaissance FC de Ngoumou 1-2.

 

However, before the players took the field, representatives from the professional footballers’ association, Synafoc, held long negotiations with them to end the players' strike. The players were very upset because they had not been paid their salaries for seven months. 

 

The Synafoc delegation convinced the players to play the match and avoid the worst case scenario. The footballers obeyed out of love for their club and the game…

 

Unfortunately, the Scorpion du Bé club directors immediately broke their promise. During negotiations, club president Abdoulaye Missa had guaranteed that the players would shortly receive two months back pay. Nevertheless, several days after his promise, the players have still not received anything.

 

Next Sunday, August 19, Scorpion du Bé have to play league leaders Union in Douala, a trip of nearly 1,700 kilometres. According to Synafoc, the threat of a new strike remains…

 

Meanwhile, players from AS Lausanne (Elite Two) went on strike on August 8. They refused to work due to several months' non-payment of salaries and bonuses. They also claim to have been abused by club management, and some players have been banned from the squad. The footballers demand their salaries and the reinstatement of their teammates.