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Cameroon ban lifted

FIFA have lifted an international competition ban on Cameroon imposed for government interference.

Cameroon were the first to go out.
Cameroon will return to international action.

The Cameroonian Football Association (FECAFOOT) was excluded on July 4 but the team will now be able to complete their qualifying campaign for next year's World Cup.

A FIFA statement read: "FIFA passed a decision today, 22 July 2013, to lift the suspension of the Cameroonian Football Association (Fecafoot) given that the conditions previously set have been met.

"As requested by the FIFA Emergency Committee, the normalisation committee that was appointed on 20 July 2013 was able to take up its duties this Monday, 22 July 2013, at the FECAFOOT headquarters, with FIFA and CAF observers present.

"The lifting of the suspension means that FECAFOOT's clubs, officials and other representatives can immediately resume their activities, which had been interrupted. The same applies for the resumption of the courses and various programmes provided by FIFA, CAF and other member associations.

"FIFA and CAF will continue to closely monitor the situation, particularly in relation to the revision of the FECAFOOT statutes."

The ban came days after Iya Mohammed's re-election as the head of FECAFOOT was suspended pending an appeal from the national governing body.

Cameroon host Libya on September 6 in their final game in World Cup Qualifying Group I and, thanks to another FIFA decision announced the same day as FECAFOOT's suspension, need just a draw to progress to the play-off stage.

Togo's win over Cameroon on June 9 was overturned after Togo were found to have fielded an ineligible player, the suspended Alaixys Romao. Cameroon were awarded the game 3-0.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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