Former Cameroonian International Patrick Mboma has said he was shocked to learn Samuel Eto’o Fils had quit international football adding he is certain he will change his mind when Cameroon does qualify for Brazil 2014.
“Eto’o will have a chance to play in four world Cup’s which is great for any footballer” Mboma told the BBC Newsday programme today Monday September 9 2013. ““I am not sure he can leave the international game like that”…I don’t think it (Eto’o’s decision to retire) will last long” Mboma continued. A close friend of Eto’o Fils, he knows the world class striker likes playing to the gallery.
Mboma said he learnt Eto’o Fils had problems with new German coach Volke Finke . “Cameroon will need his services if they qualify for the next world cup, Mboma added.
There has been no official confirmation of Eto’o Fils decision to abandon the Lions but it does appear he had a clash with Volke Finke on the eve of the match against Libya and earlier threatened he will not even play against the Libyans.
Iroko Africa learnt Eto’o Fils appears to be meddling with player selection and Finke was not amused and refused to bow to his wishes. President Paul Biya and Prime Minister Philomen Yang had to intervene last year after Eto’o Fils also refused to play for the team following similar clashes with former coach Frenchman Paul Le Guen and his suspension by Fecafoot, Cameroons football governing body for indiscipline.
Meanwhile, the Lions edged the Libyan national team, the “Mediterranean Knights” during a lack luster match yesterday September 8 2013 with a 1-0 score line. Cameroon needed only a draw to qualify after FIFA, world football governing body gifted them with 3 points after Togo beat them but fielded an unqualified player.
Playing at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, in front of approximately 30,000 people, Lions’ defense-man, Aurelien Chedjou scored the only goal of the match at the 42nd minute. Chedjou headed in the goal in the 18-meter box following a corner kick from Eyong Enoh.
Cameroon joins Ethiopia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Senegal, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Ghana that qualified earlier.
All ten teams will now take part in a two round playoffs scheduled between October 11-November 19 2013. Five teams will qualify from the Africa zone and a Lions qualification will depend on their final round opponents.
Cameroon-Libya. List of players.
Cameroon : 16 Charles ITANDJE (GK), 3 Nicolas NKOULOU, 5 Dany NOUNKEU, 6 Alexandre SONG, 9 Samuel ETO’O (ZOUA +60), 17 Jean II MAKOUN (MBIA +20’), 12 Gaetan BONG, 13 Eric CHOUPO MOTING, 14 Aurelien CHEDJOU, 18 Enoh EYONG, 21 Joel MATIP
Libya : Mohamed NASHNUSH (GK), Younes SHIBANI, Marwan AHMED, Ahmed OSMAN, Mohamed ALMAGRABI, Osama ABDUSALAM, Ali SALAMA, Ahmed ELTRBI, Abobakari EL SWANEI, Gamal MOHAMED (+46’), Eamon ZAYED