Colorado Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo was scheduled to fly to Cameroon on Tuesday to watch forward Charles Eloundou play, whose rights the Rapids acquired via a lottery before the season began. However Bravo has delayed that trip for the time being.
“We have a lot of things going on with the international transfer window opening up on July 9, so we decided it’s best to get through this period,” Bravo told ColoradoRapids.com.
Eloundou is currently playing for Coton Sport in Cameroon on loan from the club that previously owned his rights, Fortuna. FIFA is investigating the case of why the club and Cameroonian Federation have yet to release the 18-year-old’s international transfer certificate to U.S. Soccer, which would make him eligible to join Major League Soccer and the Colorado Rapids.
Bravo was set to go watch Eloundou play this week, however that match was cancelled.
On Friday, FIFA provisionally suspended the Cameroonian Football Assocation on account of government interference. During the suspension, the Cameroonian Federation may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches, which would affect the National Team’s World Cup Qualifiers in September as well as Coton Sports’ participation in the African Champions League.