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.
Seven candidates should have contested the elections but five pulled out in the morning of the elections, leaving Eto’o to beat Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the fourth vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), to the top spot of Cameroonian football.
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.
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.
After the appointment, Eto’o took to social media and wrote: “PRESIDENT OF FECAFOOT. I’ll be remembering today as one of the proudest moments of my life. I’m deeply grateful to be elected as the new president of @fecafootofficiel. Every single vote represents the energy and ambition of our football family to take our beloved sport to a level we’ve never seen before. Let’s get to work”
He will now be head of Cameroon’s FA (Fecafoot) when the country hosts the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.
Social media reations
Many ex-players and current players also weighed in with their congratulations for the 40-year-old on social media.
“As a Cameroonian, this is one of the greatest days of my life. Congratulations legend. Your legendary moves on Cameroon football. It’s time to dominate again. Congratulations legend,” Kensen De Young wrote.
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