Samuel Eto’o, a renowned soccer player, was appointed as the president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Fecafoot, at the end of 2021. Eto’o has had a successful career playing in England, Italy, and Spain, and has received numerous awards, including four African Player of the Year titles and two Africa Cup of Nations Titles with Cameroon.
However, Eto’o has recently been entangled in a scandal involving allegations of abuse of power, match-fixing, and threats of violence. A report from The Athletic revealed that there is evidence, including letters, emails, WhatsApp messages, and sound recordings, that accuse Eto’o of these unlawful activities.
The information was provided by Henry Njalla Quan Junior, Fecafoot’s former vice president, and has been sent to FIFA’s Ethics Committee. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is also conducting an investigation into these allegations.
While CAF continues its investigation, Eto’o is presumed innocent until a judicial body concludes otherwise. The allegations against him include involvement in match-fixing activities, as claimed by Njalla Quan Junior. He alleged that Eto’o orchestrated a match between Njalla Quan Sports Academy (NQSA) and Kumba City FC, with instructions given to referees during half-time, leading to a 3-1 victory for Kumba City FC.
Additionally, Njalla Quan Junior claimed that Eto’o assured the owner of Victoria United that his team would be promoted to a higher division, and the team ultimately won 11 out of their 17 matches, securing promotion to the first division.
Eto’o has denied any wrongdoing, but these serious accusations have put the Fecafoot’s president in a difficult position. The ongoing investigations and the evidence provided have cast doubt on Eto’o’s integrity as the head of the country’s football federation.