By Angu Lesley
Notorious critic of elections at the Cameroon Football Federation Abdouraman Baba of Etoile Filante of Garoua has hinted he could opt for otherwise in the case of Samuel Eto’o Fils.
The experienced football administrator and former Secretary General of FECAFOOT as the institution is described in it’s French acronym has revealed he is ready for dialogue with the Samuel Eto’o’s administration at FECAFOOT.
Abdouraman Baba made the declaration on Thursday evening during a ‘talk show’ at Douala-based Spectrum Television, less than a week after Eto’o was voted president.
“We will give him the opportunity to discuss and find a solution. I will talk with others and we will weigh our options,” Abdouraman Baba stated.
Popular because his multiple legal battles against different administrators at FECAFOOT and his successes in that regard since 2013, Abdouraman seems a new creature. His recent move is certainly a welcomed development for all those who prefer football leave the courts and heads to the pitch.
Abdouraman, henchman in the Iya Mohamed administration that led FECAFOOT for over a decade had initially voiced and manifested his desire to make a case against the December 11 elections.
Apparently the feat achieved by Samuel Eto’o who knocked out incumbent Seidou Mbombo Njoya seem to have made Abdouraman to change his stance on the legal battle.
“I haven’t met Samuel Eto’o. We had no contact. I couldn’t congratulate him anyway but he did the impossible. We can’t close our eyes or pretend nothing happened. We are going to extend a hand of fellowship to him,” those were the words of the ‘CAS man’.
Many are those who have called out Abdouraman over the years. Finally the winner of multiple expensive legal battles has accepted to let go in an unprecedented move.
“They know I am priceless. I have values. The challenge is to find a solution between Cameroonians. We’re going to do that with Samuel Eto’o, something we’ve never done with anyone. We will act responsibly and we hope Samuel will act responsibly too,” Abdouraman Baba who failed to use court action to cancel the December 11 pools explained.
The recent move from the lead component of the 2009 Executive of FECAFOOT has been saluted by many, most of whom prefer Cameroon football to leave the Court Arbitration for Sports in Zurich-Switzerland (Abdouraman Baba’s regular environment) and return to the pitches in Cameroon.
This twist gives some Cameroon football lovers who are still celebrating Eto’o’s ascension to power as the boss more to feast about, especially because Abdouraman led the legal battles that caused the cancellation of the elections that brought presidents Tombi Aroko Sidiki and Seidou Mbombo Njoya to power in 2015 and 2018 respectively.
Eto’o is in the early days of his four year mandate as president of the Federation and having Abdouraman on board represents another victory.
Eto’o became the 17th president of FECAFOOT and only the second prominent retired footballer to lead the institution. He is following the steps of Pascal Baylon Owona who also skippered the Indomitable Lions and later took charge of FECAFOOT.
The 40-year old and his 16-man executive will pilot the affairs of Cameroon football for the next four years.
FECAFOOT will decide on the persons to occupy positions of appointed personnel like the Secretary General amongst others on December 22 in Kribi, during the first executive committee meeting in the Eto’o-era.
Cameroon will host the 33rd edition of the African Cup of Nations Tournament from January 9 to February 6, 2022 in what will be the first major competition in the Eto’o regime.
Eto’o won two of Cameroon’s five AFCON titles as a footballer and is expected to deliver in his time in office.
In the meantime, Eto’o has replaced Mbombo Njoya as vice president of the Local organizing committee of the 2021 AFCON.
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