Antalyaspor striker Samuel Eto’o spoke on the upcoming elections as head of the African Football Confederation.
At the microphone of our confreres of Jeune Afrique, the former captain of the indomitable lions gives his opinion.
On 16 March, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will meet its new president. Your compatriot Issa Hayatou is competing for a new mandate, against the Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad. Is it time for the institution to change its governance?
“Issa Hayatou has done a lot for African football. And I think that he thinks of his own succession, to perpetuate the good work he has killed. Moreover, no institution resists the laws of cycles and change.”
“I just hope that these changes will help African football to evolve, because it is the most important.”
“The development of CAN has improved infrastructure, and that is important. But the main beneficiaries of these changes must be players, especially those in Africa.”
“CAF is at a certain level of financial income. It is respected, within FIFA for example. But we should bring more freshness to open up other horizons. Without denying what has been done.”
“These changes could prolong and improve what has been accomplished.”
“Look at FIFA: the arrival of Gianni Infantino in the presidency has rebooted innovation, without making the institution pitch.”
“Trying to do something else at the head of CAF is not a bad idea ”