The Cameroonian legend and four-time superstar African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o was elected president of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) this Saturday, December 11, 2021, winning the election against the Outgoing president Seidou Mbombo Njoya, with 43 votes from members of FECAFOOT's general assembly.
The footballer vows to bring footballers to the center of the FECAFOOT policies, stating: "It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it.
At 40 years old, the Cameroonian football legend is eager to lead an organization that has been in decay, plagued with murmurs of mismanagement and corruption. Eto'o will take the lead, with the goal of bringing back the fire to a federation that was once thought to be the best among African top football associations.
The victory did not come easy for Eto'o. He was initially disqualified to run due to the fact that the superstar carries Spanish citizenship, but since the ruling did not address people with dual nationality, he was able to challenge it and be reinstated into the election race.
With his stunning football record in Cameroon and in Europe, he was clearly getting widespread support from many supporters and former teammates.
Eto'o is pledging to eradicate corruption in the Cameroonian football game; a stain that was brought to light after Cameroon was stripped of the right of hosting the African Cup of Nation tournament in 2019 due to security concerns. The country is now in preparation to host the event next year (Jan.9 to Feb.6) and Eto'o nomination couldn't come at a better time.
Prior to retiring from Football, Eto'o played for high-profile clubs such as Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea, while also making over 50 appearances for his home country Cameroon. Eto'o is considered one of the best strikers in the world. In his own tweet, he states:
"I’ll be remembering today as one of the proudest moments of my life. I’m deeply grateful for to be elected as the new president of @FecafootOfficie. Every vote represents the energy and ambition of our football family to take our beloved sport to a level we’ve never seen before."