'Sacking' will not stop Milla pushing for Fecafoot change

By Leocadia BongbenBBC Sport, Yaounde
Roger Milla

Roger Milla has branded as "useless" the move by Cameroon's Football Federation (Fecafoot) to strip him of his title of Honorary President.

The decision to oust Milla from his position was taken at a Fecafoot General Assembly meeting last week.

It follows recent criticism by the former Indomitable Lion over the running of football in Cameroon.

A star of the 1990 World Cup, Milla has often clashed with the country's football authorities.

But when he set up a group last month calling for the dismissal of Fecafoot's executive committee, Fecafoot took steps to have him removed.

The 1987 African Footballer of the Year has come out fighting, insisting: "It is only the President of the Republic, not even the Minister, that can sack me from Cameroon football."

Indeed, Milla has pledged to pursue his goal with even greater vigour.

"I held back initially because I was Honorary President," he said.

"Now that they have liberated me, I can unveil their manoeuverings."

Milla was made honorary president of Fecafoot in March 2008.

His criticism of the governing body began after Samuel Eto'o was banned for 15 matches for his role in last year's players' strike over unpaid bonuses.

Milla and the players' union said the suspension was excessive and Fecafoot later reduced Eto'o's ban to eight months - effectively four games.

Winners of the Africa Cup of Nations four times, Cameroon failed to qualify for the 2012 edition. It was the first time since 1994 that they had failed to feature.

Their absence from the Cup of Nations was reflected in their Fifa ranking. In February they were down at 66 - their lowest rating since the world governing body began its classification in 1993.

Milla shot to prominence at the 1990 World Cup when his four goals propelled Cameroon to the quarter-finals, before extending his record as the World Cup's oldest scorer in 1994, netting against Russia aged 42.