Eto’o Will Play For Cameroon Again, But Just Because The Government Begged

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Samuel Eto’o quit Cameroon’s national team back in August over what he called “amateurism” and “bad management” with the African country’s program. The Anzhi striker’s decision came after the Cameroonian FA suspended him for organizing a walkout of players over unpaid bonuses. But just a month after he sent his resignation letter, Eto’o will again play for Cameroon after several high-level government officials met with him to plead for his return.

Eto’o’s statement in August:

“I regret to inform you I’ve decided not to participate in any game with the national team since the flaws I kept denouncing as captain have not been solved.

“The national team environment is still made up of amateurism and bad management which do not suit the requirements for high-level sport.”

Eto’o is a four-time African Player of the Year and has over 100 caps for Cameroon. His return significantly boosts the team’s fortunes, with the The Indomitable Lions on the verge of missing out on a second straight Africa Cup of Nations.

The meeting between Eto’o, Cameroon’s prime minister, the minister of sports and new coach Jean Paul Akon happened at the behest of the country’s president, Paul Biya. There were no officials from the country’s football association, a conspicuous absence. No reports on how much plaintive begging went on behind closed doors. Probably a lot.

Eto’o announced his return to the fold on his personal website (which is completely insane by the way).

“I am encouraged by my desire to serve my country with the same faith and determination as the last 15 years.”

Presumably, Eto’o was mollified that the issues of amateurism and bad management have been sorted. Or maybe Cameroonian officials simply made promises that everyone would get paid this time. For Eto’o, playing for the Indomitable Lions again probably makes it easier to sell his countrymen on his cell phone company.

Cameroon faces Cape Verde in the second leg of their series on October 14 with a spot in the next Africa Cup of Nations on the line.

Source: Associated Press

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