Winds of change gusted through Cameroon football on Saturday as Samuel Eto’o was voted in as the new Cameroon football federation ( Fecafoot) president, ending the reign of Seidou Mbombo Njoya in an election in the Cameroon capital.
The 43-31 vote was a decisive rejection of the 60-year-old incumbent from the west region of Cameroon, who had been seeking a second term to take his leadership of the Cameroon game into another deceitful term
Samuel Eto’o, 40, a former indomitable lions striker of all times who goes with multiple name, emerged as a surprise candidate early this year and was initially given little chance of unseating Seido Mbombo Njoya, who has ruled over Cameroon football for the last three years
Eto’o will unurgurebly thank all those who have believed in the change and to those who were always behind me.
Eto’o, who has previously served as adviser to the former Caf Boss Ahmad Ahmad was borne on the shoulders of boisterous supporters after the result was announced, while a tired-looking Seido Mbombo Njoya seemed stunned.
However, following on radical changes in FIFA over the last year and with a growing number of younger presidents of African football federations, there has been an increased desire for a fresh face at the helm of the Cameroon football federation and Cameroon game.
Eto’o had promised an increase in financial support for Cameroon football in all categories and even to journalist and to be more open to suggestions from his members. His term is for four years.
Eto’o gave a rousing speech before the lengthy voting process began, while Seido many questioned his speech as it was filled with a lot of authority
Seido’s allies, also stunned by the result, suggested he had been blindsided by many of his delegates but had also been too confident of victory as too many people told him he’d win easily and he believed them