Soccer-Cameroon great Eto'o elected president of national federation

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  • Saturday, 11 Dec 2021

FILE PHOTO: Cameroon soccer player Samuel Eto'o arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland, January 11, 2016 REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

YAOUNDE (Reuters) -Four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto’o was elected president of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) on Saturday, deposing the incumbent after a disputed campaign a month before the country hosts the African Cup of Nations.

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.

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.

Soccer's global governing body FIFA has intervened several times to end bickering among FECAFOOT officials

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 team mates 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.

(Reporting by Aaron Ross; Additional reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Frances Kerry and Ken Ferris)

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