Samuel Eto’o. Arguably the greatest footballer Africa has produced, a player who has consistently demonstrated his place amongst the best forwards in European football and three times Champions League winner. His career has been impressive and Eto’o once again stole the headlines recently when he completed a reported €20.5m per season move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. But the Cameroonian striker has also delved into the world of charitable work in his home continent and established a foundation for malnourished and uneducated children to seek aid and opportunity.
The Foundation Samuel Eto’o (FSE) has outlined these three principles for the scheme:
- - “Ensure the minimum conditions for survival and health that will permit further development, in our fight to eradicate poverty.
- - Provide quality basic education, they can complete and will serve as a tool to achieve a secure social integration.
- - Promote the opportunity to develop the individual abilities of each child through training grants and aid to support their cultural activities or sports skills.”
The most interesting aspect is the footballing project, with the inaugural academy based in the coastal town of Kribi. Prior to the opening, Eto’o expressed his desire was to expand the idea and locate more academies across the country, stating his yearning to offer opportunities to deprived children:
“As a footballer, the best I can do for youths in Cameroon is to give them a platform where they can learn how to play football and make a living out of it, and be successful in life, for a better tomorrow.”