Cameroon's football federation (FECAFOOT) has not known peace and stability in the last decade and the spill-offs of the situation is very much evident in the country's football performance both at the national team and the local championship.
FECAFOOT's downward spiral
From the arrest and imprisonment of former FECAFOOT president Iya Mohamed on September 3rd in 2015, to the Election of Tombi Aroko who was later ousted following an arbitration court decision questioning his legitimacy, the body has almost always walked on egg shells.
The local championship which had sponsors in the recent past has gone for the last five seasons without any. The competition is usually truncated by players striking for unpaid bonuses and other administrative lapses from the organizers. In the last three seasons, FECAFOOT has been a regular client at the Swiss Court of Sports Arbitration, spending huge sums of money in legal battles stemming from the on respect of texts, government interventions and others.
The situation today is that FECAFOOT has to elect a president come December 2021 and a handful of former footballers are in the running for the top job. Jules Onana, Maboang Kesack have all officially pronounce their desires. The trend is that Cameroon football should be run by ex footballers who seem to have more passion and interest in the game than just administrators.
Ex Footballers should handle football
Among the heralded candidates is arguably Africa's all time great Samuel Eto'o Fils. The former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker has not officially made his intentions known but all back ground work is indicative of the fact. Many Cameroonians think he is the right man for the job.
Upon retirement, Eto'o has been upgrading his resume with a series of professional courses especially in business. He has become a familiar face at the Confederation of African Football. In his playing days the player had personal contracts with world class sponsors and probably has kept that relationship burning till date. Eto'o has been busy crisscrossing the continent from Madagascar, Gabon, Chad where he has made a name for himself and most importantly a good working relation.
Eto'o still has links with La Liga as he still features in their activities in Spain and around the world. This year Eto;o is part of the World Football Summit speaking panel to be held in Madrid Spain.
In Cameroon, many football fans think with such a pedigree, Eto'o should have very little interest in fame and more interest in rebuilding football especially at the helm of the federation.
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