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Cameroon: How Samuel Eto’o conquered Fecafoot

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 09:55, updated on Friday, 7 January 2022 15:51

Samuel Eto'o was elected head of Fecafoot on 11 December. © Maboup

Former international football player Samuel Eto’o has done everything in his power to thwart his powerful rivals’ manoeuvres, including running communication campaigns, lobbying and political negotiations.

At first, it was mission impossible.

In the race to become president of Fecafoot, Samuel Eto’o was up against Fifa, which is increasingly scrutinising the heads of national federations. Gianni Infantino, Fifa’s Italian-Swiss boss, would like the World Cup to be held every two years, whereas South Africa’s Patrice Motsepe, his ally at CAF, wants the African Cup of Nations to take place every four years.