In Summary

  • Eto’o tendered resignation on Monday
  • The former striker  played at four World Cups for Cameroon between 1998 and 2014.
  • He was elected Fecafoot president in December 2021

Samuel Eto’o has seen his attempts to resign from his role as president of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) rejected.

Eto’o, 42, offered his resignation during a meeting of Fecafoot’s executive in Yaounde on Monday night, in which the former striker requested for other members of the board to also offer their resignations ‘in good faith’.

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Fecafoot Rejects Eto’o’s Resignation
Samuel Eto’o (Photo Courtesy )

 

A statement from Fecafoot outlined how their executive “unanimously rejected” Eto’o’s offer of resignation

“At the end of discussions and subsequent deliberations, the members of the executive committee decided to maintain their current mandates and thus unanimously rejected the president’s resignation thereby renewing their confidence in him to continue with the same spirit of reconstruction and development of Cameroon football at all levels as envisaged in his plan adopted by the elective general assembly of Dec. 11, 2021.”  Read the statement

Eto’o was elected Fecafoot president in December 2021 with his tenure overseeing two AFCON tournaments alongside the 2022 World Cup.

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Samuel Etoo’s Woes

CAF was already investigating what it said were “serious” allegations from “several Cameroonian football stakeholders” against Eto’o. It noted that the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star was “presumed to be innocent until an appropriate judicial body concludes otherwise.”

Questions were raised in Cameroon about Eto’o’s ambassadorial role with a sports betting company. At least one club complained to the Cameroonian federation about the deal, which could violate the institution’s codes.

Eto’o played at four World Cups for Cameroon between 1998 and 2014.

Eto’o was already under investigation from CAF over allegations from “several Cameroonian football stakeholders”, but the former Inter Milan and Chelsea player was “presumed to be innocent until an appropriate judicial body concludes otherwise.”

During his time as a full Cameroon international, Eto’o scored 56 goals in 118 appearances and played at four World Cups – while he still holds the record for the most African Player of the Year awards (four).

 

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