President George Manneh Weah of Liberia has expressed his excitement at the election of football legend Samuel Eto’o as President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT).
Eto’o defeated Seidou Mbombo Njoya, who serves as Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), on Saturday.
The Liberian Leader, a football great himself who is the only African to have won the World Footballer of the Year (Ballon D’Or), has extended heartfelt congratulations to Eto’o, who attained exceptional stature playing with renowned international clubs, including Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea.
The Liberian President expressed the hope that Eto’o’s vast knowledge of the game will be used to effect change in the way football is run in Cameroon and Africa as a whole.
The Liberian leader said, “I am pleased that Eto’o has ascended to the helm of Cameroon Football, I believe that he will bring positive transformation to the game in that country which will have a rippling effect throughout the global game. Cameroon Football is now in good hands”.
President Weah urged Eto’o to work cooperatively with the world football governing body, the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to develop football in Cameroon.
Cameroon is due to host the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, which it has won a record five times.
Eto’o first began playing for his country in his teens, winning several international titles, including the 2000 Olympics games.
President Weah said he believes the 40-year-old star could bring the needed change that football in Cameroon and Africa deserved. “Footballers who have reached the peak of their careers have a unique advantage to impact much-needed reforms at the administrative level”, Weah said.