By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo
Cameroon prolific striker, Samuel Eto’o has pledged to introduce futuristic and innovative projects in Cameroon football landscape that will revive the country’s local championships, beach football and women’s football, if he is given a chance to preside over the country’s football body, FECAFOOT.
Samuel Eto’o, four-time African player of the year made the statement On September 21 as he declared his interest to stand for the post of president at the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT in the upcoming elections.
While stating that his decision is prompted by the love for country, Cameroon and passion for football, Eto’o said he is running for the post in order to attract more funding into the Cameroon football sector.
“I am honoured and pleased to announce my candidacy for the presidency of the Cameroon Football Federation. After careful consideration, I have decided to take this initiative out of love for Cameroon and passion for our football,” he said.
Eto’o added, that “I am presenting my candidacy with the groundbreaking commitment not to pocket a cent of the monthly allowance provided for the position of the federation president.”
To Eto’o “Time is running out. 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.
“I am running for this position in order to attract external funding and not reduce the already meagre revenue with unnecessary burdens. These funds will be dedicated to the development of amateur football,” he added.
“To me, it would be an honour to be at the service of the establishment that has bestowed upon me all the accolades I’ve received so far. I stand before you on this special occasion because time is of the essence,” Eto’o furthered.
However, Eto’o declaration comes amid controversy after candidates with dual nationality had been told they could not stand in the elections.
In the meantime, Cameroon’s football association will release the final list of eligible candidates who can run for the FECAFOOT presidency on November 25. Candidates have until October 11 to declare their intention to run.
Eto’o is the third former Indomitable Lions’ striker to announce his bid to run as president of Cameroon’s football federation. Jules Denis Onana and Emmanuel Maboang Kessack, who both played in the 1990 World Cup for Cameroon are also in the race. The interim President, Seidou Mbombo Njoya is also expected to run along with football agent Ivo Chi.
FECAFOOT elections are expected to take place on December 11, with the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations to begin on January 9 in Cameroon.