By Beng Emmanuel
Samuel Eto’o has been elected as the new president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Fecafoot, during the Elective General Assembly of the country’s football powerhouse.
The 40-year-old former Inter Milan and FC Barcelona star defeated incumbent and CAF fourth vice president Seidou Mbombo Njoya 43-31 votes to win the top job after a highly contested presidential election in Yaounde
He becomes the 17th president of the Cameroon FA body and is only the second former footballer from the Central African nation after Pascal Owona Baylon at the helm of the Cameroon Football Federation.
Eto’o has enjoyed a blistering career with the Indomitable Lions where he was captain of the team making 118 appearances and scoing a record 56 goals between 1997 and 2014. He won the Africa Cup of Nations twice with Cameroon in 2000 and 2002 and was part of the team that won the country’s first gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games.
At club level, Eto’o has played in Spain, England, Russia and Italy and has won the UEFA Champions league twice with FC Barcelona and Inter in 2010.
As the newly elected president of Fecafoot, Samuel Eto’o will be incharge when Cameroon host next month’s Africa Cup of Nations finals. He intends to rebrand football in Cameroon and restore it’s image on the global scene.