Eto’o and comrades “cheat death” after Senegal draw

     Players of the indomitable Lions of Cameroon were only smuggled out of the Amadou Ahidjo stadium when persistent treats echoed from disgruntled fans after pulling a zero all draw against Senegal.
     Samuel Eto’o could have been forgiven for squandering several goal opportunities but for the controversial penalty kick he missed towards the end of the game.
Samuel Eto'o-never looked better
     His decision is captain was criticized by thousands after he humiliated coach Javier Clemente in an attempt to substitute Eric Choupo Moating. Et’o it seems was trying to impress the crowd who felt the player had been very instrumental in the game. Eto’o had to rush and pull the player back into the field of play as the head coach stood bedazzled.
     After the encounter, Cameroon security forces used water cannons late on Saturday to disperse rioting soccer fans angered by Cameroon’s draw with Senegal that dimmed the team’s chances of qualifying for the 2012 African Nations Cup.
        Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o missed an 87th-minute penalty that would have closed the gap on group leaders Senegal, sparking off violence around the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium and leading Eto’o to apologise publicly.

Witnesses said several people were injured in the fracas, and that angry football fans smashed car windscreens and tore T-shirts bearing Eto’o’s name off the backs of people wearing them.

The Inter Milan striker asked fans to forgive him.

                            Samuel eto’o and the “penalty wahala”

“When I score goals often, you hoist me to the top, but today I missed the penalty which would have given us victory and I take full responsibility for this underperformance,” he said. Saturday’s draw raised the possibility that the four-time African champions could fail to qualify for the 2012 African Nations Cup after having qualified on eight successive appearances in the finals.
The former Barcelona ace also revealed deep concerns for his national side, which is now under pressure to win their final two qualifying games to stand a chance of qualifying for next year’s finals.

“The problem of the national team of Cameroon is such that we have to solve the problems immediately,” he stressed.

“I came to the Indomitable Lions with a dream, but for some time, this team is no longer dreaming. We need to work on time.

“I was just like other players, a lot of experience in football and for that we want to be listened to. When I arrived in the Indomitable Lions, there were already problems in the team and today there are still, I think we need to stop these problems.

“We must work with sincerity that there are no problems in our national team. We must work for example like journalists have the information and reports not conditional.”

However, the striker is staying positive and believes his team-mates will fight tooth and nail in their remaining fixtures to bring pride to their homeland.

“Today’s (Saturday’s) game is a new beginning for our national team. Because we wet the shirt but we lost and that’s football,” he added.

“I believe that despite this unfortunate draw at home, we remain positive. We can win in Lubumbashi, in the next game against DR Congo.”

 

NGORAN GUILIO BERNEGH

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