Giving Something Back: The Samuel Eto’o Foundation

30 08 2011

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.”

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Ghana Will Hope To Be Africa’s Star

17 05 2010

With this summer’s FIFA World Cup being held on African soil for the first time, the pressure is on for the six qualified home teams to do their continent proud. Ghana will be competing in their second consecutive tournament, and after an impressive African Cup of Nations in Angola this January; in which they were finalists, they will be looking to continue the momentum this summer with a stronger squad at their disposal.

In Angola, the Black Stars featured many players from their U-20 World Cup winning side of 2009 and Coach Milovan Rajevac has kept faith by including the likes of Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Agyei, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, André “Dede” Ayew and Dominic Adiyiah in his provisional 29-man squad. Inkoom is predicted to continue his place at right-back after the 20-year-old impressed in the tournament, and he could be joined in the starting line-up by Marseille’s Ayew, the son of three-time African player of the year Abedi Pele, who incidentally will be accompanied in the squad by his half-brother Rahim Ayew of Zamalek.

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