Former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker, Samuel Eto’o is officially the president of Cameroon’s Football Association.
The former Cameroon striker, who lifted the Champions League with Barcelona and Inter Milan, won the election with 43 votes from members of FECAFOOT’s general assembly.
“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.”
Outgoing president Seidou Mbombo Njoya, who is also a Confederation of African Football vice president, got 31 votes.
Eto’o, 40, will take over an organisation long tainted by infighting, mismanagement and allegations of corruption.
Eto’o had initially been disqualified from running because he is also a Spanish citizen, but the ruling that nobody with dual nationality could run for office was challenged and later tossed out.
He received widespread support from many former teammates in a high profile campaign during which he pledged to rid the game in Cameroon of corruption.
Cameroon will host the African Cup of Nations from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6. It was stripped of the right to host the tournament in 2019 because of delays in preparation and security concerns.
Eto’o won the tournament twice with the Indomitable Lions during his playing days
At his peak, Eto’o was considered one of the best strikers in the world and he inspired his country to win two African Cup of Nations titles and an Olympic gold medal.