Samuel Eto’o elected president of Cameroon FA

Former international Samuel Eto’o was elected president of Cameroon’s FA on Saturday and will lead the country for the next four years.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year defeated rival Seidou Mbombo Njoya, the Confederation of African Football’s fourth vice-president.

Seven candidates were supposed to run in the elections, but five of them dropped out on election day.

Eto’o, 40, has promised a slew of reforms to help the sport thrive.

“We need to put footballers at the center of our policies,” he said later. “It is our responsibility to ensure that those who participate in this discipline make a decent living.”

During his tenure, the former Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea star has also promised to build at least ten stadiums.

“I’ve spoken to the business community, and we’re confident we’ll get the right investors to help us achieve our goals,” Eto’o said ahead of the election.

The proceedings of the gathering, which were broadcast live on national Cameroon television, drew widespread attention to Eto’o’s candidacy.

He will now serve as the president of Cameroon’s Football Association (Fecafoot) during the country’s hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in January and February.

Former Cameroon internationals Maboang Kesack and Jules Denis Onana were among those who resigned their candidacy on Saturday morning.