Samuel Eto’o announces candidacy for presidency of Cameroon football federation on social media
Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has announced to stand as a candidate in the race for the presidency of his country’s football federation (Fecafoot).
The former Cameroonian international star made the announcement on his official Instagram page on Tuesday evening, saying he had taken the decision “out of love for his country and passion for our football.”
“Time is running out. Waiting is not an option. It is time to rebuild our football,” Eto’o said.
The delayed Fecafoot elections are expected to take place on 11 December, with the Africa Cup of Nations set to start in Cameroon on 9 January.
Eto’o had an amazing football career, winning numerous trophy, individual award, domestic and European titles in both Spain and Italy.
The four-time African player of the year is his country’s record scorer with 56 goals in 118 games and also enjoyed brief stints in the English Premier League with Chelsea and Everton, ending his playing career in Qatar.
Samuel Eto’o helped Cameroon win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002 and was a gold medallist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Eto’o announcement came after the Cameroon government announced that candidates with dual nationality had been told they could not stand in the elections. Eto’o was granted dual Spanish nationality during his time at Barcelona.
Eto’o is the third former Indomitable Lion to run as president of Cameroon’s football federation.
Jules Denis Onana and Emmanuel Maboang Kessack both played in the 1990 World Cup for Cameroon, likewise Seidou Mbombo Njoya and popular football agent Ivo Chi.
Candidates have until 11 October to declare their intention to run for the position.