Former Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o has been elected the new President of the Cameroon Football Association (FECOFA).
The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Chelsea player beat the incumbent Seidou Mbombo Njoya by a considerable margin.
Eto’o, 40, bagged 43 votes against Njoya’s 31 to assume the top-most seat in Cameroon football.
In the lead up to the polls, five candidates pulled out, leaving favourites, Njoya and Eto’o in the heated election.
“We have to bring footballers to the centre of our policies,” Eto’o was quoted by BBC after the victory.
“It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it,”
Eto’o also pledged to boost revenue for the federation and construct at least ten stadia as well.
“I am running for this position to attract external funding and not reduce the already meagre revenues with unnecessary burdens,” said Eto’o upon announcing his candidature less than a month back.
“I’ve spoken to the business community and we’re certain we’ll get the right investors who can accompany us in fulfilling our goals,” he added then.
Eto’o will be in charge of the office for the next four years but will also be in control when Cameroon hosts January 2022’s AFCON.