Cameroon in shirt appeal

The Cameroon football federation, Fecafoot, will appeal against Fifa's decision to deduct six points from their upcoming World Cup campaign. Fifa's disciplinary committee made the decision on Friday that Cameroon would lose six points from their 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

The punishment is for Cameroon's decision to wear a one-piece football kit at the Cup of Nations in Tunisia earlier this year.

Fifa told the Indomitable Lions that they had to change their strip after the first round of the championship.

However Cameroon wore the kit for their quarter-final loss to Nigeria.

Fecafoot's secretary general Atangana Mballa told BBC Sport about their reaction to the news.

"The sanction from Fifa was shocking and we (Fecafoot) have decided to appeal against it," he said.

"We'll have to fight to make sure that the decision is changed.

"Otherwise our chances of qualifying for the World Cup are almost over."

Fecafoot's appeal will now be dealt with directly by Fifa's Executive Committee.

Andre Nguidjol the administrative manager of the national football teams explained that the Indomitable Lions used the kit in the match against Nigeria with permission from African football's governing body, Caf.

In a bizzarre twist of fate Nguidjol lost his job on Friday to be replaced by Emmanuel Engongomo.

Cameroon pleaded with Caf to allow them to use the kit in the quarter-final saying that they couldn't get a replacement strip in time for the match. One person who didn't seem surprised by Fifa's decision was former Cameroon great Roger Milla.

" We were warned during the 2002 African Cup of Nations, the World Cup and the Confederations Cup," he said.

"I told them to be careful with the choice of jerseys and now this is the consequence."

Roger Milla

As well as the points deduction Fifa also imposed a fine of US $154,000 which Puma, the manufacturers of the kit, said they would pay on behalf of Fecafoot.

Puma defends Cameroon kit

Sportswear manufacturer Puma has defended the controversial one-piece kit worn by Cameroon at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

On Friday, the Cameroon football federation Fecafoot was fined US $154,000 for using the kit while the Indomitable Lions were docked six qualifying points from their World Cup group.

"We have done nothing wrong," Horst Widmann, the special assistant to Puma's chief executive, told BBC Sport.

"We showed the uniforms to both Fifa and Caf, and nobody told us it was not allowed."

"There was a final decision made by Caf in Tunisia, after a press conference with Mr Blatter, and again Mr Hayatou decided we could use the shirts."

Widmann added that Puma representatives visited and showed the kit to Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne.

The sportswear manufacturer was not told at the time that there was a problem with the strip.

"It is not Puma's problem that Jerome Champagne didn't inform Blatter about that," Widmann said.

"That is an internal problem for Fifa."


The Puma employee also claimed that the one-piece kit does not actually contravene any of the Laws of the Game, as football's world governing body has argued.

With regard to basic equipment that a footballer must wear, Law 4 of the Laws of the Game states: 'The basic equipment of a player is a jersey or shirt, shorts, stockings, shinguards, footwear'.

"Nowhere in the rules is it mentioned that shirts and shorts (must be kept separate)," added Widmann.

"We still have a functional shirt and functional shorts, and the only difference is that it is put together.

"We cannot understand what is happening to us as you can easily solve the problem by using scissors to separate the shorts and the shirt."

Fifa warning

Football's world governing body was angered by Cameroon's decision to wear their one-piece strip in the knock-out stages of the Nations Cup despite a warning that the kit should only be worn in the group stages of the competition.

On Friday, Fifa stated that Fecafoot 'had given assurances that the team would wear authorised playing kit in the knock-out phases', yet Widmann said it was not possible to supply new outfits at such short notice.

"Fifa issued a warning but it impossible to produce a new uniform in Cameroon colours - with numbers and names and everything - within a few days," he claimed.

The special assistant added that Puma is consulting with its lawyers and waiting to see the Fifa documents on the Cameroon sanction before making a final decision on whether to pursue legal action.

Cameroon kit row resolved

Fifa has reached an out-of-court settlement with kit manufacturers Puma over Cameroon's one-piece strip.
The German company had been seeking damages after football's world governing body banned the strip which Cameroon used at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

A Fifa statement released on Tuesday said it had settled with Puma "in the interests of international football."

Both sides agreed not to disclose the details of the settlement.

Fifa fined Cameroon in April 2004 for wearing the bodysuits during the Nations Cup in Tunisia, but a German judge later ruled this year that the uniform broke no Fifa rules.

Puma had been seeking US$2.4 million in damages from Fifa and wanted a ruling that it could market the uniform.

Fifa's rules state that players are to wear a jersey or shirt, and shorts and claimed that this meant separate garments, but Puma disagreed.

Puma alleged that Fifa's decision was influenced by rival Adidas, which works closely with Fifa.

The Cameroon 2002 shirt

the groundbreaking sleeveless shirt (center) worn by the Cameroon team in the 2002 African Cup of Nations. The sleeveless shirt was less spectacular but still already a case for the Fifa. According to the regulations of the Fifa the national teams have to wear a Fifa badge on the sleeves. For that reason Puma added a black sleeve. (right) On the dark skin of the Cameroon players it was almost invisible and still looked sleeveless while the badge could be worn at the same time. The Cameroon case is exemplary for Pumas ambition to become a sport-lifestyle brand. They chose an exotic team to introduce their fashion style. The Cameroon sports kit became a special case for Puma. They created a unique new style for the shirt and played with the regulations of the Fifa. The Cameroon outfit and the appearance of the Indomitable lions is used as a teaser for their fashionable style in the field of sport kit brands.


Comments (6)

  1. Jim

: <br />Thats the nuts

  1. fsc


  1. Drop Gee Shap

:lol: Wooo Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon ashinto wa Amato monigen and de rip Paso pico ohhh chany boy chany boy chany boy lets make senqa (1998 WC song lyrics) ;-) :-)

  1. Jim

: <br />Thats the nuts

  1. fsc
  1. Drop Gee Shap

:lol: Wooo Cameroon Cameroon Cameroon ashinto wa Amato monigen and de rip Paso pico ohhh chany boy chany boy chany boy lets make senqa (1998 WC song lyrics) ;-) :-)

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