On 21 September 2021, Samuel Eto’o formalized his candidacy for the presidency of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fécafoot) on 21 September 2021. “It’s time to rebuild our football. We can not delay the review of our number one sport, assures the 40-year-old former star striker in the Cameroon national team. The election of the head of Fécafoot is scheduled for December 11, 2021.
Samuel Eto’o fils launched a new challenge, a little more than that two years after announcing his retirement as a professional player. On September 21, 2021, the former star striker of the Cameroon national team and African football legend formalized his candidacy for the presidency of the Cameroonian Federation (Fécafoot), via social networks.
“Restoring Cameroonian football to its greatness” In a two-page document, the former FC Barcelona (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy), Anji Makhatchkala (Russia) or even Chelsea (England) striker explains why he is launching an attack . at Fécafoot. “It’s time to rebuild our football,” believes the two-time African champion (2000 and 2002) and goal scorer in the history of the final stages of the African Cups of Nations. We can not delay the review of our number one sport because the rest of the world is moving forward and it is moving forward without us ”.
His slogan is “Give back to Cameroonian football its greatness” describes the main lines of his project. First of all, take advantage of the organization in Cameroon in the next CAN. “I see high expectations, an urgent call to put an end to the sterile arguments that undermine the harmonious organization of our sport,” said Samuel Eto’o.
This year’s four-time African player is particularly tough on the state of local football. “The desire of our citizens is that we look beyond our selfish interests to resume our local championships by ensuring their regularity, attractiveness and visibility,” he insists.
Blunt criticism of Seydou Mbombo Njoya By the way, Samuel Eto’o itches, without quoting him, the one who currently leads Cameroonian football. A Seydou Mbombo Njoya whose election he had supported. “Three years ago, I supported a project that, in my opinion, seemed promising for the future of our football,” admits the former goleador. By summarizing his achievements, I do not regret, even if the expectations were not met. However, it is important to learn the lessons of this failure in order to bring about a controlled and well-managed change ”.
The native of Nkon also made a promise: “I present my candidacy with the unprecedented commitment not to include one cent of the contributions given to the post of chairman of the union. These funds will be set aside for the development of amateur football. […] I am looking for this service to attract external funding and not to reduce the already meager income with unnecessary fees. ”
A long and dangerous electoral process Now that he has finally formalized his candidacy, Samuel Eto’o is facing a long and dangerous electoral process. Long since it begins on September 24 with the General Assemblies of the Divisional Leagues and which will end, after many stages, on December 11, 2021 during the Fécafoot Federal General Assembly. Dangerous, since Fécafoot has experienced a staggering number of twists and turns since 2013 and the arrest and sentencing of his former boss Iya Mohammed.
An endless crisis in Fécafoot that seemed to have ended with the election of Seydou Mbombo Njoya. A Mbombo Njoya who was even elected fourth vice-president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), in March last year. But in January 2021, the Arbitration Court for Sport, the highest body in sports disputes, had annulled the results of the GA of Fécafoot on December 12, 2018. While waiting for new elections to come, perhaps, finally, provide the stability that Samuel Eto’o claims to be able to bring to Cameroonian football.