Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

3 May 2010

Cameroon: Futsal - MINFI Wins Maiden Corporate Tournament

They defeated MIC micro finance company 3-2 in the final on Saturday.

The department of financial resources at the Ministry of Finance emerged winner of the maiden edition of a corporate tournament in futsal. In the finals that took place last Saturday April 30, at the Concorde stadium of the University of Yaounde I, DRF (MINFI) beat MIC microfiche 3-2 to lift the trophy. In a classification match for the 3rd and 4th positions respectively EPI-CAMEROUN trounced ENAM 7-0. However prizes were awarded to the first four teams with special prizes for the best player at the final, highest goal scorer of the tournament, fair play and the oldest player who took part in the competition. The final was punctuated by a karate display by some little children.

The competition falls within measures put in place by the national futsal league to promote the sport discipline in Cameroon. Prior to the corporate tournament, there was a competition for university institutions in Cameroon which was won by the University of Dschang who defeated Ndi Samba on penalties after both sides were tied at two goals each way after regular time of play. The Corpos tournament will be followed by a feminine tournament, all in a move to promote the sports discipline in Cameroon.

According to the president of the national futsal league, Colonel Kuitche Roger, there is growing interest in the sports discipline given the increasing number of affiliations to the league and people manifesting interest either as players or referees.

Despite the fabulous work being done by the league to promote futsal in Cameroon, they still stand at odds with the Cameroon football federation which is the governing body of all forms of football in Cameroon. The league which was put in place by the ministry of sports and Physical Education, doesn't dispute the sovereignty of FECAFOOT over futsal but urging them to establish a working relationship with the league. Multiple appeals to this effect have so far fallen on deaf ears. Hope the successes of the league on the ground will lead to a change of hearts at Fecafoot.

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