Updated:Dec 11, 2021 3:02 pm
Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has been elected as the president of Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT).
The four-time African Footballer of the Year defeated rival Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the fourth vice-president at the Confederation of African Football.
Seven candidates should have contested the elections, but five of them pulled out on the morning of the elections on Saturday.
The 40-year-old will lead the Cameroon Football governing body for the next four years and will spearhead the country’s delegation at next month’s Africa Cup of Nations which will be staged in Cameroon.
“We have to bring footballers to the centre of our policies,” Eto’o said afterwards. “It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it.”
The former Inter Milan and Chelsea star has also promised to construct at least 10 stadiums during his mandate.
“I’ve spoken to the business community and we’re certain we’ll get the right investors who can accompany us in fulfilling our goals,” Eto’o had said prior to the polls.
Eto’o’s candidacy had triggered popular attention with the proceedings of the gathering broadcast live on national Cameroon television.
Among those giving up their candidacy on Saturday morning were former Cameroon internationals Maboang Kesack and Jules Denis Onana.