The Cameroon captain announced the extension of his charity activities to Gabon during a brief visit to that country to inspect preparations for the 2012 African Cup of Nations
La Foundation Eto'o will soon have a branch office in Gabon, in a bid to extend its global activities of fostering social integration, education and youth training to the central African country.
Inter striker Samuel Eto'o is expected to complete a transfer to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala after undergoing a medical on Tuesday at the Villa Stuart Clinic in Rome. Despite the transfer saga making headline news recently, he had time to make provisions for further growth within his charitable organization on the African continent.
“I came to Libreville among other things to kick off the La Foundation Eto'o in Gabon. I’ll be coming back with my fellow African players Didier Drogba and Michael Essien to inaugurate the foundation very soon,” Eto’o told a cheering crowd in the country.
The founder and principal sponsor, Eto’o announced the good tidings to locals during a recent visit to Gabon where he, alongside Head of State Ali Bongo, inspected several construction sites of the 2012 African Cup of Nations, to be jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
“[The] Gabon government will not spend any cash on the project. I’ll be coming with many of my footballer friends to raise the funds for the organisation so our little brothers could have pleasure playing football and studying as well in their environment,” he said.
Eto’o ended the public chat with an anecdote about his own life.
“I couldn’t have made it this far if someone hadn’t rendered the help I needed then. A certain rich man gave me the chance to play football and you can see where I am today. So it’s my turn to help those who need it to succeed in their career.”
The La Foundation Eto’o was presented with the “best charitable work” award in 2010 by the Cameroon Professional Society (CPS), an organization of active Cameroonians in the diaspora based in the USA.