The threat has the advantage of casting a wide net. It targets the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot) and any third party, in particular any competing equipment supplier, who “would come to infringe the rights” of which Le Coq Sportif claims to be “holder”. It is written black on white, in a letter addressed to Samuel Eto’o, the president of Fecafoot, by Marc-Henri Beausire, general manager of the French sports brand under contract with Cameroonians since January 2020.
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Dated July 11, also addressed to the Cameroonian Ministry of Sports and the services litigation from the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the letter is a detailed response to a communication from Fecafoot on July 1, publicly expressing the desire to terminate, at the end of the CAN women, the current equipment supplier contract, one year before its scheduled end in 2023.
Towards legal proceedings?
Undoubtedly, Le Coq Sportif is clearly annoyed, he who claims to have never ceased to try to get in touch with the services of the new president Eto’o for an amicable settlement of the dispute in order to continue the preparation of orders already committed. Steps that would have remained in vain, according to Marc-Henri Beausire, the Cameroonian authority obviously preferring to wash the dirty linen on the media square. What dirty laundry? The boss of Le Coq Sportif insists that his company has not breached any of the commitments that have been incumbent on him for more than three years, and that Fecafoot has not, to date, held any debt against him.
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Saddened by an attitude “not in line with the spirit of the partnership » and convinced of being the victim of « considerable damage », the brand therefore announces that it is preparing any legal proceedings allowing it to obtain compensation, in the event that the Cameroonian football boss does not reconsider his position. Le Coq Sportif also doubts the possibility of reorganization, since it evokes a call for tenders issued by the Cameroonian body on July 6. In barely covered words, he suspects Samuel Eto’o of wanting to commit “at a lower cost with a competing equipment supplier a few months before the 2022 Football World Cup”.
Wasn’t the original contract convincing, unlike the one offered by Puma? Certain sums of money announced to the Federation would they not have been paid in accordance with the staggering? Two shops of the brand promised in Yaoundé and Douala would they not have been opened? The equipment of the Lionesses, in Morocco, would they have been delivered with an unsuitable deadline? Would these have been unsuitable in terms of size? Rumors are swirling but all eyes are on Samuel Eto’o to officially state the reasons for the unilateral termination of the contract. Directly or by way of presse…