Soccer superstar Samuel Eto’o was elected president of the Cameroonian FA (CFU) on Monday.
The former Barcelona and Chelsea striker beat rival Ambrose Biyik Ndiaye by 215 votes to 140, The Cameroon Tribune newspaper reported. Eto’o won 61 percent of the vote.
Eto’o rose to fame in Cameroon when he was the country’s national team captain during the 1998 World Cup and the 2002 World Cup. He has also played for Botafogo in Brazil, Sampdoria in Italy and Spanish team Celta Vigo.
Eto’o has been outspoken about corruption in football and said last year that he would not seek re-election as the head of the CFU.
“I know I’ve been given the present executive in the best possible context,” he said after the vote. “At the moment, I am doing all I can to help my country to progress in these four years.”
Eto’o has admitted to corruption and bribery as an ex-player.
In 2010, Eto’o and his Ivorian teammate, Patrick Viera, were among 12 players found guilty of accepting bribes to play in European tournaments.
Although FAF formally banned the pair and several others, Eto’o claimed that he was also implicated in the scandal. He turned down a potential plea bargain from FIFA for a three-month ban.
Chad coach Hugo Broos was elected as Eto’o’s deputy. Broos led Belgium to the quarterfinals at the 2018 World Cup before being fired following his country’s exit to France.
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