The Cameroon football federation (Fecafoot) has refused to accept Samuel Eto’o’s resignation as president amidst accusations of inappropriate conduct and corruption.
On Monday, former Barcelona striker Eto’o handed in his resignation, only a few days after Cameroon’s disappointing AFCON last-16 exit against Nigeria. ESPN reports that Eto’o suggested stepping down during an executive committee meeting called to evaluate the failed AFCON campaign, urging other Fecafoot members to follow suit “in good faith.”
Despite facing serious allegations over the past year, Eto’o has collected support from his Fecafoot colleagues. Recently, The Athletic reported having access to WhatsApp messages and audio recordings reportedly supporting various accusations against him, including “match-fixing, abuse of power, physical threats, incitement of violence, and spreading of false information in Cameroon.” FIFA has been provided with a dossier outlining these accusations , which is also under investigation by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
CAF was already investigating Eto’o over allegations made by “several Cameroonian football stakeholders.” However, the former Inter Milan and Chelsea player is “assumed innocent until an appropriate legal body determines otherwise.”
Throughout his tenure as a full Cameroon international, Eto’o netted 56 goals in 118 matches and took part in four World Cups. He also maintains the record for the most African Player of the Year awards, amounting to four.