Famed for his skills on the ball, George Weah was the poster boy for African football in the 1990s. The Liberian footballer won African Player of the Year on three occasions and was included in the list of FIFA 100 greatest living players of all time.
Spending five years with Serie A giants AC Milan, he won two Serie A titles.
Despite his success on the field, Weah displayed a hunger to achieve more off the field. He concentrated on politics; although he narrowly missed out in 2005, he continued to strive until he won and was inaugurated as president in 2018.
Samuel Eto’o Fils
Although not actively involved in politics, Samuel Eto’o Fils played a small role in the political affairs of his country, Cameroon. In 2018, by request from the Cameroonian Minister of Secondary Education, Pauline Naloya Lyonga Egbe, the former Barcelona star man was asked to participate in the Back to School campaign which the government started in the conflict-ridden Anglophone regions.
Eto’o visited schools in the North West and South West region to encourage parents to send their children back to school at the start of the next academic year.
Leveraging on his popularity, Eto’o presented a sports and studies project to the minister which he intended putting in place with the cooperation of the government to help young Cameroonians achieve their dreams.
Zambia’s eighth most capped player of all time, Bwalya is an international football player and third on the list of all-time goal scorers. He was named the African Footballer of the Year and was nominated for the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year, the first to be nominated after playing the entire year for a non-European Club.
In 2008, the Zambian international footballer was nominated and voted as the President of the Zambian Football Association.
Known for his stint at Liverpool, Titi Camara was a Guinean football striker who coached the Guinean national team. He was appointed the Minister of Sports by Guinea’s President Alpha Conde in 2010.
The 38-year old was an active member of Conde’s political party RPG, spearheading most of the rallies during the pre-election campaigns.
Speaking after his appointment, he told a reporter he wanted to bring his glorious past into Guinea’s football and renovate the country’s sports infrastructure in view of a bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
He made 38 appearances with the national team, scoring 23 goals.