Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker, Samuel Eto’o, has been elected as president of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) on Saturday.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year deposed the incumbent after a disputed campaign one month before the country hosts the African Cup of Nations.

Eto’o, who lifted the Champions League with Barcelona and Inter Milan, won the election with 43 votes from members of FECAFOOT’s general assembly.

“We have to bring footballers to the centre of our policies.

“It is our role to ensure that those who play this discipline make a decent living out of it,” Eto’o said afterwards

Outgoing president Seidou Mbombo Njoya, who is also a Confederation of African Football vice president, got 31 votes.

Eto’o, 40, will take over an organisation long tainted by infighting, mismanagement and allegations of corruption.

Football’s global governing body FIFA has intervened several times to end bickering among FECAFOOT officials

Eto’o had initially been disqualified from running because he is also a Spanish citizen, but the ruling that nobody with dual nationality could run for office was challenged and later tossed out.