extended mandate, controversial partnership… Eto’o is controversial!

Samuel Eto’o, legendary Cameroonian footballer, has made sure to increase the length of his term as president of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) by increasing it from 4… to 7 years!

After nine months of waiting, the new statutes of the body were therefore finally made public this Thursday, on the official website of the Fecafoot. According to the official version, this decision to extend the mandate of the president and other members of the executive committee to 7 years, provides a longer period for the leaders to implement their programs and strategies. It also aims to bring some stability to the head of Fecafoot. However, there are mixed reactions to this development, with some welcoming the continuity it brings, while others express concern about a possible confiscation of power.

FIFA contests!

World football’s highest body disagrees with former star’s decision Barcawhich was taken less than a year after his election, at the General Meeting of August 27, 2022. According to our colleagues at Sports News Africa, FIFA asked Fecafoot to convene a new General Assembly to cancel this change. An AG is also on the menu this Saturday, May 27, 2023, but its agenda has not yet been communicated. In any case, this opposition seems to reflect questions about the conformity of the new statutes of the federation with the rules and principles of governance of FIFA.

Samuel Eto’o in a double controversy?

The former captain of Indomitable Lions also risks causing controversy by having recently become the new ambassador of 1Xbet, a sports betting company. The star signed a 2-year contract with this online betting company, becoming the face of the brand. His statements reported by CFOOT read: “I am president of Fecafoot, yes, but here it is the image of Samuel Eto’o.“This decision is in any case already generating criticism, given the influential role he occupies as president of Fecafoot. The association of a top sports official with a sports betting company raises obvious ethical concerns and raises potential conflicts of interest. What Twittos do not fail to point out: “It’s amazing what I see in Cameroon. A president of a football federation to be an ambassador for a sports betting company. It’s crazy and crazy all the same our country.” indicates in particular one of them.

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