Cameroon national team football legend Samuel Eto’o Fils has confirmed he will run for the presidency of the Cameroon Football Federation.
The former Barcelona superstar who currently serves as a Qatar 2022 World Cup ambassador submitted his candidacy at the Federation offices in the country’s capital, Yaounde.
“I am looking forward to building Cameroonian football and giving the game the grandeur it deserves,” the 40 year old spoke to the crowds gathered at the offices, according to reports in the country.
“I urge the opposite camp to be careful because we have accepted lots of things,” he was quoted by Sportstar.
The ex-Inter Milan and Chelsea striker said the current leadership had offered him a position as vice-president, a proposition he rejected. “I will be the next president of the federation despite all the cheating,” he declared.
The four time African Player of the Year said it was; “time to rebuild our football” when he announced his intention to run for president in September 2021.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport in January annulled the 2018 elections won by Seidou Mbombo Njoya, who Eto’o described as having “failed miserably.”
Eto’o will have to beat off competition from Mbombo in the elections slated for December 11, a month before Cameroon hosts the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.