Cameroon’s football legend Samuel Eto’o has ruled out the possibility of joining politics, saying he would prefer exploring options in coaching.
38-year-old Eto’o retired in September, having won prestigious honours including the UEFA Champions League and Africa Cup of Nations, in addition to several individual accolades
Eto’o is considered one of Africa’s greats, along with Liberia’s president George Weah. The former says he does not have immediate plans to follow Weah into politics.
“Everyone wants me to go into politics, but there won’t be 10 million Weahs,” Eto’o said.
Weah, the only African player to win the Ballon d’Or, became president of Liberia in January 2018.
“Everyone is born with their own star. Everyone at some point gets involved in politics at their own level, but, for the moment, it doesn’t interest me.”
Eto’o backed president Paul, who has ruled the country for 37 years, before his re-election in 2018.
Of his supposed political ambitions, Eto’o added: “A lot of people might be saying that it’s an idea I have, but I say to them it doesn’t exist in my mind at the moment.
“But every citizen has the right. If you want to stand, nobody is going to stop you. But in our country, it is as though it is something reserved for certain people. Personally, it is not an objective
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