N Melo
by N Melo
April 12, 2022 0

Samuel Eto’o at the gates of Etoudi: here is his powerful network

Jeune Afrique unveils the powerful network of Samuel Eto’o

• The president of Fecafoot has men everywhere

• They are statesmen, businessman and sports personality

In its delivery for this month of April, the Magazine Jeune Afrique has devoted a special file to Samuel Eto’o, to whom we priest of presidential ambitions. Many see in him, with his popularity, a solid and serious contender for the succession of Paul Biya. In the dossier, the pan-African magazine lifted the veil on the impressive network which is at the disposal of the current president of the Cameroonian Football Federation.

“There are no small opportunities. From March 24 to 26. Samuel Eto’o was the guest of honor of the National Days of the Diasporas (JNDA 2022). The ex-footballer was to speak at the end of the event alongside other distinguished guests, including former Beninese Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and Ivorian banker Tidjane Thiam. Since 2013, these days have been organized in Bordeaux by the former deputy mayor, the skirt designer Pierre de Gaétan Njikam, who is also president of the Pierre Castel Fund, founded by the boss of the group of the same name. The latter is also the majority shareholder of SABC, the Cameroonian subsidiary of the group, but also the most important sponsor unearthed by the new president of the Cameroonian Football Federation. Samuel Eto’o may have never played in France,

“Because of his complicated relationship with the President of Fifa, Gianni Infantino, and with Patrice Motsepe, of CAF, it is from the lodge of the company TotalEnergies, alongside Christophe Guilhou, the French ambassador to the Cameroon, that Samuel Eto’o watched the matches of the African Cup of Nations. This companionship raised questions up to the Palace of Etoudi. Like the Spaniard Xavi, the Brazilian Cafu, the French Zinedine Zidane, the Englishman David Beckham and the Australian Tim Cahill, Samuel Eto’o was appointed in April 2019 ambassador of the World Cup at the Qatar scheduled from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

The quadruple African Golden Ball takes care of his relations with Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and this interpersonal skills earned him to be solicited, including through Kigali. Eto’o has facilitated in the shadows the commercial partnership that has linked since December 4, Rwanda to the French club Paris Saint-Germain owned by the Emir of Qatar. In Turkey, where he played for Anta-lyaspor Kulùbü at the end of his career, the ex-striker has open doors at the Ankara Palace – he is often received by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turk makes no secret of his ambition to see his country’s companies gain ground in sub-Saharan Africa, and the footballer’s well-placed support can help secure contracts. Finally, from Dakar to Libreville, via Cotonou and Kinshasa, Eto’o maintains privileged relations with several Heads of State. In the DRC, he is also introduced to Félix Tshisekedi as well as Moïse Katumbi,

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