Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has been elected as the President of the Cameroon Football Association (Fecafoot).
The 40-year-old beat off competition from his sole competitor Seidou Mbombo Njoya during Saturday’s keen elections.
The election was supposed to be contested by seven candidates but five of them pulled out on the morning of the polls.
— Samuel Eto'o (@SamuelEtoo) December 10, 2021
This left Eto’o and Mbombo Njoya, who is the fourth vice-president at the Confederation of African Football (CAF), to vie for the top position.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year, however, came out victorious after garnering more votes than his competitor.
“We have to bring footballers to the centre of our policies. It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it,” Eto’o said in his victory speech.
I’ll be remembering today as one of the proudest moments of my life. I’m deeply grateful for to be elected as the new president of @FecafootOfficie. Every vote represents the energy and ambition of our football family to take our beloved sport to a level we’ve never seen before. pic.twitter.com/2z8fjLBMLA
— Samuel Eto'o (@SamuelEtoo) December 11, 2021
The former Chelsea and Inter Milan star had been campaigning seriously and received support from some high-profile footballers, including Lionel Messi.
Eto’o has promised to bring more investment into Cameroonian football and also construct at least 10 stadiums during his mandate.
His first big task as President of Fecafoot will be to ensure the successful hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations from January to February 2022.
Eto’o enjoyed a trophy-laden career at both club and international level, becoming the first player to win back-to-back trebles after winning the league, cup and Champions League with both Barcelona and Inter Milan.
At international level, he was also part of the Cameroon team that won the AFCON in 2000 and 2002 as well as Olympic Gold in 2000.