Former Barcelona player Samuel Eto’o appointed president of Cameroon FA

19:52, 11 December 2021
Former Barcelona player Samuel Eto’o appointed president of Cameroon FA

The ex-striker was victorious in the elections defeating current president Seidou Mbombo Njoya.

The Cameroonian Football Federation, also known as FECAFOOT, has elected former striker Samuel Eto’o its new president for the next four years. The federation announced on Saturday that the former players of such clubs as Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea received 43 votes and beat Seidou Mbombo Njoya with only 31 votes.

The 40-year-old ex-footballer has already revealed he had several reforms to carry out including construction of at least ten new stadiums in the country amid improving relations with investors. 

"We have to bring footballers to the center of our policy. It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it."

The appointment comes in a tense period as Cameroon hosts the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.

Seidou Mbombo Njoya was elected in 2018 but his appointment has recently been annulled due to an interior scandal. Eto’o supported the functionary back in 2018 and has since confessed that he regretted that decision.

According to Transfermarkt data, Eto’o made a total of 720 appearances and scored 360 goals during his club career. He has also been elected the African Football Player of the Year four times and became a member of the UEFA Team of the Year in 2005 and 2006.