By Beng Emmanuel
Samuel Eto’o has announced his candidacy to run for the presidency of the Cameroon Football Federation, after ‘careful consideration’ and out of the love for his country and the passion for football.
The 40-year-old joins a long list of former players of the Cameroon national team to contest for the top job at FECAFOOT amongst them, Joseph Antoine Bell, Maboang Kesack, and recently Jules Dennis Onana.
“I am honored and happy to announce my candidacy for the Presidency of the Cameroon Football Federation”-Samuel Eto’o said on his social media accounts.
He added: “After careful consideration, I decided to take this initiative out of love for Cameroon and passion for our football. For me, it would be an honor to serve the institution that has awarded me all of the accolades I have received to date”
“I stand before you on this special occasion because time is running out. Waiting is not an option. It is time to rebuild our football. We can no longer delay the overhaul of our number one sport because the rest of the world is moving forward, it is moving forward without us”.
The former Barcelona and Inter Milan star says he is committed not to pocket a cent of the monthly allowances provided for the position of federation president which he intends to use for the development of amateur football.
The delayed elections of the Cameroon Football federation are scheduled for December 11, barely a month to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. A competition which the ace Cameroonian striker sees as an opportunity to make the event a historical success
“It will equally be an opportunity to present to the incredible pool of talents that our country has always been and the strength of our football community. We must live up to the huge efforts invested by President Paul Biya and the entire government to provide our country with infrastructure worthy of our prestigious history”.
Eto’o enjoyed a blistering career with Cameroon national team. He scored 56 goals in 118 games and is the country’s all-time leading goal scorer.
He also won two Africa Cup of Nations trophies in 2000 and 2002 and was part of the Cameroon team that won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Samuel Eto’o has enjoyed stints as a footballer in Spain, England, Italy, Turkey, Russia, and Qatar where he retired from football.