Cameroon footballer Samuel Eto’o was elected president of his country’s soccer federation on Sunday. He replaces Adolphe Lele Lafrique, who was voted out last month after two terms.
The 38-year-old striker became a symbol of French colonialism, with his image adorning the rose-patterned jerseys of his adopted country. He moved to Cameroon with his family at the age of six and was part of the 1994 World Cup team.
“It’s a great honor to become the new president of the Cameroon Football Federation,” Eto’o said at a news conference on Sunday night. “First of all, I want to thank God for this opportunity.”
Eto’o, who is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of the game, will be responsible for organizing the World Cup qualifiers scheduled for early next year.
“I know what the players need now and they need many things,” he said. “They need financial support, the organizing committees need help.”