Samuel Eto’o Would Join the Team: Why was Fecafoot Absent From the Meeting?

Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto’o (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

E to’o, who plays his club football in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala, is refusing to play for the Indomitable Lions after serving an eight month ban for his part in a players’ strike last year.

He turned his back on Cameroon after labelling the national side “amateurish and poorly organised”.

The 31-year-old subsequently missed the 2-0 defeat in Cape Verde earlier this month in the first leg of the final qualifying round for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

    He had a meeting on Monday with prime minister Philemon Yang, sports minister Adoum Garoua, Cameroon team manager Rigobert Song and coach Jean Paul Akono.

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.

Ngoran Guilio

English: Samuel Eto'o playing for FC Anzhi Mak...
English: Samuel Eto’o playing for FC Anzhi Makhachkala in a Russian Cup 2011/12 game against FC Dynamo Moscow. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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