FECAFOOT chief Samuel Eto’o under fire over dual nationality

Cameroon FA rejects Samuel Eto’o’s resignation after AFCON 2023 exit

President of Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), Samuel Eto’o has found himself in a fresh controversy over alleged dual nationality.

Eto’o recently appeared in front of CAF Disciplinary Committee in Egypt over allegations of his involvement in match-fixing in the Cameroonian leagues.

The former Barcelona and Chelsea striker is yet to clear his name in the allegation and he now has another stain on his garment.

The Association of Amateur Football Clubs of Cameroon (ACFAC) on Tuesday dragged Eto’o to FECAFOOT Ethics Commission and declared that he is ineligible to be the  country’s FA president.

The association of football clubs in Cameroon, in its findings, alleged that Eto’o has been enjoying Spanish nationality for the past 14 years and he is ineligible to lead Cameroon’s football body.

Eto’o spent 12 years in Spain during his playing career and he was in the books of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Mallorca and Leganes where he won various domestic and European titles.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year was elected FECAFOOT president in December 2021 but his reign has been clouded with controversies after Cameroon hosted the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in January 2022.

Earlier this year, Eto’o stepped down as FECAFOOT president but his resignation was rejected by majority of the FECAFOOT Executive Committee.

The football legend now awaits two judgement, from CAF Disciplinary Committee over match-fixing allegations and the FECAFOOT Ethics Committee over their dual nationality claims.

Administratively, Eto’o oversaw the successful hosting of AFCON 2021 in Cameroon and the Indomitable Lions’ qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

However, they failed to impress at AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast which led to the dismissal of head coach Rigobert Song after their round of 16 exit.

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