The all – time leading scorer in the African Cup of Nations, Samuel Eto’o has been elected the president of the national football federation of Cameroon (FECAFOOT) with 43 votes.
The 40 year old Eto’o who holds a record four (4) times Africa’s best player award beat his incumbent challenger Seidou Mbombo who garnered 31 votes to lead the Cameroon football body, less than a month for his country to host the continental showpiece (Africa Cup of Nations – 9th Jan. to 6th Feb. 2022).
Samuel Eto’o who retired from international football in 2014 will be remembered with fond memories when he played for the Spanish giants Barcelona, winning two European Champions League titles, scoring in both finals.
With a new blood at the helm, one of the world’s best strikers of his time, Eto’o who scored 18 goals in the African Nations Cup finals, 56 goals (all time leading scorer) for his nation Cameroon, will lead a FECAFOOT plagued by leadership struggles.
With his nomadic experience, playing in almost all major leagues worldwide, the new football president comes to his new job with a bag of experience that pundits believe will be useful in building not only his nation’s football, but that of Africa’s.
In his prime time, Samuel Eto’o played for Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea and a host of prominent clubs.
Winning the Africa’s best player in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010, Eto’o nearly joined George Oppong Weah to win the world’s best player when he came third in 2005.
Many wish Samuel Eto’o a big success in his new assignment serving his nation and mother Africa.