Soccer Star Samuel Eto’o Accused of Match-Fixing and Abuse of Power
Former soccer star Samuel Eto’o, known for his illustrious career playing for clubs in England, Italy, and Spain, found himself embroiled in a scandal as he took on the role of president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Fecafoot. Eto’o, who has a decorated career with four African Player of the Year Awards and two Africa Cup of Nations Titles with the Cameroon national team, was accused of abuse of power, match-fixing, and threats of violence by a newly released report.
The report, obtained by The Athletic, contained alleged evidence including letters, emails, WhatsApp messages, and sound recordings that accused Eto’o of engaging in unlawful activities while serving as Fecafoot’s president. These allegations were reported to FIFA’s Ethics Committee last summer and an investigation by Africa’s football federation, CAF, is currently ongoing.
The information was supplied by Henry Njalla Quan Junior, Fecafoot’s former vice president. CAF had previously confirmed that it was investigating various claims against Eto’o. However, The Athletic reported that Eto’o is “presumed to be innocent until an appropriate judicial body concludes otherwise” while CAF continues to investigate the matter.
Among the allegations made by Njalla Quan Junior are claims that Eto’o was involved in match-fixing, including orchestrating a match between his team, Njalla Quan Sports Academy, and Kumba City FC. Njalla Quan Junior alleged that Eto’o provided instructions to referees via a speakerphone during half-time, resulting in a scandalous 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, with Victoria United ultimately winning 11 out of their 17 matches and securing promotion.
Eto’o has denied any wrongdoing, but the serious accusations have put Fecafoot’s president in a difficult position amidst the ongoing investigations.