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Football: in Cameroon, Samuel Eto’o submits his candidacy for the presidency of Fecafoot

The former international Samuel Eto’o submitted his candidacy for the presidency of the Cameroonian Football Federation (Fecafoot), Wednesday, November 17 in Yaoundé. In front of the headquarters of the institution, a crowd of supporters were waiting for him, noted an AFP journalist. “Eto’o president! Eto’o president! “, they chanted on arrival and departure of the ex-footballer, who remains very popular in his country. The election of the new president of Fecafoot is scheduled for December, while Cameroon will host from January 9 to February 7, 2022 the final phase of the African Cup of Nations (CAN).

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“I ask the camp opposite to be careful because we have accepted a lot of things”, the former Barça star striker told reporters shortly after completing the formalities for submitting his candidacy. Samuel Eto’o, 40, assured that the outgoing team had offered him the post of vice-president, which he refused. “I will be the next president of the federation despite all the cheating”, did he declare.

An institution in crisis

The former football legend had announced his intention to run as a candidate on September 22, believing it was time to “Launch the reconstruction project” Cameroonian football. On Wednesday, Samuel Eto’o said that the current president of Fecafoot, Seidou Mbombo Njoya, had “Miserably failed”. In 2018, he nevertheless supported his candidacy, but today he expresses his ” disappointment “. The promises made three years ago by the current president him “Appeared worthy of interest for the future” Cameroon, he had justified himself.

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The submission of his candidacy comes when Fecafoot has been in crisis for several months. Seidou Mbombo Njoya had acceded to the post of president in 2018, but his election, contested by several players in Cameroonian football, was canceled in mid-January by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Despite everything, he remained in office, with the mission of working on the organization of a new election. This retention was badly received by a fringe of sports players, who then decided to appoint another president to Fecafoot. However, this did not benefit from the support of the authorities, the African Football Confederation (CAF), or FIFA.

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The World with AFP

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