I am not cut out for politics, says Samuel Eto’o
By Tasie Theodore
One of Africa’s best known football stars, Samuel Eto’o has said that he is not cut out for politics.
The soccer legend who is better known for his association with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon says that unlike his other African co-football legend, George Weah, who has since moved over to become President of his country, he did not fancy himself as one who would run for office any day soon.
Eto’o was speaking in the course of an interview with AFP.
There has long been a long history of a love-hate relationship between some African football stars and the political establishment in their countries, given their street popularity, which is a notable first factor in the political arena.
Egypt’s Mo Farah has in the past come under a gale of persecution from the camp of incumbent President Al-Sisi over suspicions that he could one day throw his hat into the ring.
In Nigeria, attempts by the former Green Eagles Star, Segun Odegbami to run as Governor of Ogun State in the 2019 polls failed to fly as he could not generate substantial interest in his candidacy.
And back to Eto’o and Cameroun, when the pressure on him became too hot in the buildup to the 2018 presidential race, he publicly backed ageing dictator, Paul Biya who has ruled the Central African nation for all of 37 years and counting.
Cameroonian football legend, Samuel Eto’o