After a series of controversy, the much talked about meeting between ‘rejected’ striker Samuel Eto’o with the P.M, Philemen Yang, Adoum Garoua and the interim coach Jean Paul Akono took place, Tues, 25th sept, 2012 at the Star Building with a certainty that Eto’o would return to the national team.
It is true and obvious that the Anzhi Makhackala hitman could not reverse his decision without the authorities meeting most of demands.
He turned his back on Cameroon after labelling the national side “amateurish and poorly organised”.
It is not too strange to say that members( Iya Mohammed) of the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) were(was) conspicuously absent. Soccer- pundits claim Iya Mohammed and co were absent because they want the interim coach Jean Paul Akono to fail so that they will say he was appointed by the Minister of Sports, Adoum Garoua snubbing the influence of FECAFOOT.
Eto’o is the all-time leading scorer in Cup of Nations history and is believed to be prepared to return for the second leg against Cape Verde, which takes place next month.
Any decision to answer his country’s call comes with conditions attached.
Cameroon are in danger of missing a second successive Cup of Nations following the first leg loss in Cape Verde.
Akono took over from Denis Lavagne earlier this month and has already stated that he wishes Eto’o to be back in the side.
The Cameroon coach is due to name his squad for the match against Cape Verde later today. The question is, will it include the name of Samuel Eto’o? In interview after the meeting, Akono said he had to select players from a lists of almost 40 players. It should be noted that Benoit Assou Ekotto might not be called up after picking up an injury at the time when he had been making serious plans to return to the national team.
What ever be the case, we just have to watch and see.