Eto’o to lead Fifa’s health programme delegation to Ghana

Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o is expected in Ghana next month to launch the fourth ‘Fifa 11 for Health’ programme.

The event, slated for November 3, will also see Fifa’s chief medical officer Dr Jiri Dvorak in attendance.

The programme is meant to train school children on various ways to avoid health problems in their sporting lives, particularly in football.

Having so far covered 500 schools across the country with 1000 teachers and about 30, 000 students trained, the ‘Fifa 11 for Health’ activities seek to continue educating youths on the general wellbeing and safety.

“Fifa believes that Ghana has excelled and that’s why it is the first country in the world to have the fourth programme,” Dr Prince Pambo, project coordinator, told the GFA’s official website.

Regarded as one of the most illustrious sons of Africa to have played the game, Eto’o won the African Footballer of the Year accolades in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010.

He was a member of Cameroon’s 2000 Sydney Olympics gold-winning team, as well as the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations title-winning squads.

At club level, the 34-year-old, who now plays at Turkish side Antalyaspor, is a three-time winner of the coveted Uefa Champions League, with Barcelona and Inter Milan.

In June, Eto’o was among a host of soccer stars that graced the testimonial match of former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah in Accra.