The Cameroon Football Federation has said no to Samuel Eto’o stepping down as president, despite a rough ride in the AFCON last-16 exit.
As gathered by Beyond Boders, Eto’o, a legendary footballer from Cameroon, scored 56 goals in 118 games for his country.
He became the president of Fecafoot in December 2021, but his time in charge has faced many problems.
There has been talk of a feud between Eto’o and Andre Onana, causing issues within the national team, as Onana was even sent home from the 2022 World Cup squad and retired from international football before changing his mind.
Eto’o has also faced allegations of match-fixing and other misconduct, which he and his team have denied.
He admitted to tax fraud while playing for Barcelona and got a suspended prison sentence.
After a disappointing AFCON showing, where Cameroon barely made it past the group stage and then lost to Nigeria in the last-16, Eto’o offered to resign.
But the Federation, in a meeting on Monday, decided to stick with him, showing confidence in his leadership, stating, “The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Mr Eto’o Fils Samuel, tendered his resignation to the members of the federal executive organ, inviting them to do likewise in good faith.
“At the end of discussions and subsequent deliberations, the members of the Executive Committee decided to maintain their current mandates and thus unanimously rejected the President’s resignation.
“Thereby renewing their confidence in him to continue with the same spirit of reconstruction and development of Cameroon football at all levels as envisaged in his plan adopted by the elective General Assembly of December 11, 2021.”
It is worth noting that Cameroon is ranked 46th in the world and is the seventh highest-ranked team in Africa.
Despite his successful career as a player, winning the Champions League three times and AFCON twice, Eto’o’s transition to football administration has been rocky.