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‘I’m deeply grateful’: Eto’o wins Cameroon Football Federation presidential election

SAMUEL Eto’o has successfully transited from a top footballer to the most powerful football administrator in his country.

The former Indomitable Lions striker was on Saturday elected as the new President of FECAFOOT, Cameroon’s football federation.

The 40-year-old defeated five other candidates to claim victory less than a month to his country hosting the rest of Africa.

Cameroon will be organising the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations from 9 January to 6 February, 2022.

“I’ll be remembering today as one of the proudest moments of my life,” Eto’o tweeted after his victory.

“I’m deeply grateful 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.”

Eto’o is not just famous in Cameroon and Africa, he is known all over the football world.This is his first real foray into politics but he was a superstar footballer who excelled at several big European clubs.

His big breakthrough came at Spanish side Mallorca between 2000 and 2004 as he scored 48 goals in 144 appearances for the modest side.

Eto’o earned a move to Barcelona in 2004, where he scored 108 goals in 144 appearances, winning LaLiga three times and the Champions League twice before departing for Inter Milan in 2009.

He continued his success at Inter Milan, winning the Serie A and Champions League in 2010.

The four-time African Player of the Year also played for Chelsea and Everton among other clubs.

Eto’o also enjoyed great success with Cameroon, with whom he won the Olympic Games men’s football gold in 2000 as well as two AFCON titles in 2000 and 2002.

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