Legend Samuel Eto’o elected president of Cameroon FA

BBC | Former international Samuel Eto’o will run Cameroonian football for the next four years after being elected head of the country’s FA on Saturday.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year defeated rival Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the fourth vice-president at the Confederation of African Football.

Seven candidates should have contested the elections, but five of them pulled out on the morning of the elections.

Eto’o, 40, has promised a wide range of reforms to thrive the sport.

“We have to bring footballers to the centre of our policies,” he said afterwards. “It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it.”

The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star has also promised to construct at least 10 stadiums during his mandate.

“I’ve spoken to the business community and we’re certain we’ll get the right investors who can accompany us in fulfilling our goals,” Eto’o had said prior to the polls.

Eto’o’s candidacy had triggered popular attention with the proceedings of the gathering broadcast live on national Cameroon television.

He will now be head of Cameroon’s FA (Fecafoot) when the country hosts the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.

Among those giving up their candidacy on Saturday morning were former Cameroon internationals Maboang Kesack and Jules Denis Onana.

Glittering career continues
Arguably Africa’s best footballing export of recent times, Eto’o – Cameroon’s all-time top scorer – joined Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1996 at the age of 16 before loan spells with Leganes, Espanyol and Mallorca.

He signed a permanent deal with Mallorca in 2000, scoring 54 goals in 133 outings to establish himself as the team’s all-time leading scorer.

A move to Barcelona followed in 2004 where the former Cameroon captain won three La Liga titles, helping the Catalans to two European Champions League triumphs in 2006 and 2009, scoring in both finals.

In 2006, Eto’o became the first and only African to win the Spanish Golden Boot after netting 26 times in 34 matches.

The forward scored 108 goals in 144 games for the Nou Camp side before joining Inter Milan in 2009, where he won his third Champions League crown as well as a Serie A title and the Fifa Club World Cup in 2010.

Internationally, Eto’o helped the Indomitable Lions win two successive Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002 and went on to become the tournament’s record scorer with 18 goals.

In 2000, he guided Cameroon to an Olympic gold medal, scoring in the final.

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11 comments

  1. Pyrrhic victory???????
    Let us hope he will go past the murkiness of General Pierre Semengue and Tom I a Roko.

  2. Well that’s clear list of some of the main achievements of this great footballer direct from the BBC .He also show the tanacity grip,dedication and determination of the majority of Cameroonians and the success of those qualities gives every hard worker hope..
    This appointment is the next best thing ,from when a football first bounced in the country.
    He has first class experience of being in top earning clubs and understanding how football at a profit can be achieved .
    Weather Europe will let him do that…….it’s the following of talent and the worldwide fan build up that counts, having stadiums Should be way down on the to do list,they are ridiculously overpriced and always over budget ,Leicester has a proxy stadium and they achieved ROI without a good one ….it was the mister

  3. Congratulations Big Sam

  4. What victory? We have left Abdurahman Ahmadou Baba lose…

  5. there is no method of governace that is superior to meritocracy.allowing competence,telent and experience to excel

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  6. NDAH NGREH,,,,i am doing great,we have now expand from corn farms to [VIAZI] [TETOH] potatoes,soon apples,grapes,and MUWA,sugar cane.

    • very good. some people are seating and waiting for biya. hahahahaa

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      • Biya, his cronies, the French colonized gerontocrats must build better roads with solid pavements and clean the drainage as in Kigali. Douala Airport looks like a remnant of a Spartan Warefare. I saw a lot of hardworking people including those on my estates & projects. But the corruption starts at the airport with one Mr. Eko harassing people for money until I asked to be deported on the same flight which caught the numbskulls off-guard.
        Bensikins bikers must wear helmets, all taxes be paid online and toll gates be automated as in other African nations. Port fees to be reduced and the French VAT must go.
        At 90 yrs and 40 yrs in office amidst rigging and fraud, any reasonable person would ask a leader for a plan. Agriculture is a huge success with good roads in the countryside. Biya failed.

  7. lets see how mr arrogance, still uncivilised francophone will handle this post as he has already made many enemies in this election of rigging in one of the most dangerous banana republic french cameroon,where his opponents live on the ground, knows their malpractice french cameroon system of nepotism. Eto will find out, he wished he stayed a civilised quiet life in Europe, because the only way to survive in his new position is to join the occult,spend all his money to bribe his position or be dead. He called one of his opponent father, a big mistake,that man will teach him lessons of disrespect, to command an elderly man with those gestures from an outsider as they all call those who live in the diapora as outsiders, foreigners, not cameroonians anymore.

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