Samuel Etoo has emerged new President of FECAFOOT.
Four-time African Player of the Year, Samuel Etoo Fils has been elected as the new President of Cameroon’s FA, FECAFOOT.
Etoo defeated Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the fourth Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after five other candidates pulled out of the race earlier on the day of the election.
Etoo was announced winner of the election held on Saturday morning, shortly after the election.
The former Indomitable Lions captain described the day as one of the proudest moments of his life.
“I’ll be remembering today as one of the proudest moments of my life. I’m deeply grateful for to be elected as the new president of @FecafootOfficie. Every vote represents the energy and ambition of our football family to take our beloved sport to a level we’ve never seen before,” Etoo posted on Twitter.
Etoo had assured his supporters he’d work on a wide range of reforms that will have footballers at the centre of its objectives when elected President of the association.
“We have to bring footballers to the centre of our policies,” he said afterwards. “It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it.”
Part of the lofty ambitions he stated during campaign was the construction of at least ten stadiums during his tenure as President. He also said he’d bring in corporate organisations to partner with FECAFOOT.
“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 said.
Etoo had a glowing playing career winning multiple La Liga titles and the Pichichi with Barcelona. He also won the UEFA Champions League with the Spanish club and Inter Milan in a trophy-laden career. He represented Cameroon at four World Cups and won the African Cup of Nations twice during his time with the national team. He’s also Cameroon’s top goal scorer in history and one of the most important names in its football.
He is the record goal scorer at the African Cup of Nations with 18 goals and guided Cameroon to the Olympics gold medal at Sydney’ 2000.