The former captain of the Indomitable Lions, Samuel Eto’o explains why he is candidate for the presidential election of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fécafoot), which will take place on Saturday 11 December 2021.
After several weeks of rumors, expertly distilled in public opinion, Samuel Eto’o Fils announces on September 21, 2021 that he is a candidate for the presidency of FECAFOOT. “It’s time to rebuild our football. We cannot delay the overhaul of our number one sport, ”he promises in a searchable social media post.
If he decides to take the plunge, it is because the former star scorer of the Indomitable Lions says to himself that the time has come to “restore Cameroonian football to its greatness”, adding that he sees in the organization of the next final phase of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in his country, “an urgent call to put an end to the sterile arguments which undermine the harmonious organization of our sport”.
The former striker of FC Barcelona (Spain), Inter Milan (Italy), Anji Makhatchkala (Russia) or Chelsea (England), if elected, will put all the means on his side to “rebuild” Cameroonian football, believes the person concerned.
“The wish of our citizens is that we look beyond our selfish interests in order to relaunch our local championships by ensuring their regularity, their attractiveness and their visibility”, insists the double champion of Africa (2000 and 2002) and top scorer of the history of the final stages of the CAN.
“I present my candidacy with the unprecedented commitment not to pocket a cent of the allowances foreseen for the post of President of the Federation. These funds will be allocated to the development of amateur football. […] I am a candidate for this post in order to attract external funding and not to reduce the already meager income with unnecessary charges “, reassures the native of Nkon.
Although he has a name that counts in football circles on the continent and elsewhere, Samuel Eto’o Fils arrives on a generally mined ground. Whoever wants to become president of FECAFOOT. In other words, there is still a long way to go and strewn with pitfalls.