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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Cameroon kit probe deepens
Cameroon's controversial one-piece strip
Cameroon's government is probing Fecafoot and Puma's relationship
The relationship between Cameroon's Football Federation (Fecafoot)and sportswear firm Puma is to be investigated by the government.

The move is the latest step in the saga that has seen the Indomitable Lions lose six World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying points for wearing Puma's controversial one-piece kit.

According to a Youth and Sports ministry spokesman, the Cameroon government has set up a six-man commission to look into the finances of Fecafoot.

The probe will include an investigation into the management of funds from sponsorship deals and Fecafoot's contract with Puma.

The commission is expected to report on its findings in 30 days.

The Cameroon government has already set up a committee that is dealing with the appeal against Fifa's sanctions.

It is expected to establish responsibility for decisions and make recommendations on overhauling Fecafoot and redefining its relations with outside partners.

Cameroon lost the six points when they wore the one-piece kit in their quarter-final match against Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia after being told not to do so by Fifa.

Cameroon subsequently lost an appeal against the ruling, which also included a US $155,000 fine.

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Geremi Njitap has said that the Indomitable Lions can still qualify for the 2006 World Cup despite the points deduction.

"It's Fifa that manages world football and it has taken a decision that we have to respect," Geremi said in an interview with the Cameroon Tribune newspaper.

"We've been sanctioned but we don't need to be discouraged.

"We will play all matches with the aim of getting maximum points to qualify, even with the six point deduction we can still qualify and I promise that we will fight to the end."

The Indomitable Lions' campaign to qualify for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany begins next month in a group that includes Egypt, Sudan, Benin, Ivory Coast and Libya.


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