Samuel Eto’o to Contest for Cameroon’s Football Federation

Former Barcelona and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has announced that he is to stand as a candidate in the race for the presidency of his country’s football federaton.

Eto’o took to social media to announce his decision to contest in the much anticipated elections.

The former Inter Milan striker said he had taken the decision “out of love for Cameroon 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

The announcement by Eto’o comes amid controversy in Cameroon after 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.

So far, Eto’o is the third former Indomitable Lion to run as president of Cameroon’s football federation.

Jules Denis Onana and Emmanuel Maboang Kessack, who both played in the 1990 World Cup for Cameroon, are also standing – as is the interim president Seidou Mbombo Njoya  along with football agent Ivo Chi.

Candidates have until 11 October to declare their intention to run.