Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has declared his intention to run for the presidency of Cameroon Football Federation [Fecafoot], according to a statement of intent released by the former striker on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
Eto’o’s decision to run for the office became necessary after incumbent president Seidou Mbombo Njoya had his tenure annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS].
Despite CAS’s pronouncement, however, Mbombo has remained in office whilst he organises a new election. But his decision to stay back in office was not welcomed by some section of the football community who then decided to appoint another president to lead Fecafoot.
However, the new president did not receive the support of Confederation of African Football [CAF] and that of FIFA.
Eto’o who supported the ousted president during his campaigns, has now declared his intention to succeed him two years after retiring from playing football, saying that his passion is driving him to do more for the game.
Declaring his interest in a lengthy statement, Eto’o said in part:
“It would be an honor to be at the service of the establishment that has bestowed upon me all the accolades I’ve received so far.
“Waiting is not an option. It is time to rebuild our football. We can no longer delay the revamping of our number one sport because the rest of the world is moving on; it is progressing without us.”
Election for the new president of Cameroon’s football holds in December of 2021.
Cameroon will host the 2022 African Cup of Nations which is billed to take place between January 9 and February 7.