Cameroonian international and English premier league attacker Samuel Eto’o Fils 33, will most certainly be leaving Chelsea football club when his one contract ends but his destination is still a closely guided secret. Despite scoring crucial goals with the team, Chelsea did not win any trophy this year and was the third at the end of the reason behind Manchester City (title winners) and Liverpool. Chelsea beat both teams (Manchester City and Liverpool) home and away and killed off Liverpool’s title dream with a 2-0 home win.
“I am going to carry on playing in the champion’s league. Where? I am not going to tell you, but I am going to keep on playing because physically and mentally I feel great. Some believe I am going to retire in the United States or in the Middle East, but I have regained the joy of the champion’s league, Eto’o told africanfootball.com.
Despite disparaging off the record remarks about his age by the outspoken Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, Eto’o still emerged second top scorer in the London team with 12 goals in all competitions. He came a close second to Belgian Eden Hazard 23, who was also named best Chelsea player for the 2013/2014 season. Eto’o displayed a famous “old man.” Walking gesture in a photo that went viral after scoring a crucial goal against city rivals Tottenham Hotspur. He was reacting to off the cuff remarks by Mourinho in a French TV interview in which he appeared to question Eto’os age (32) at the time. Eto’o’s goal against Tottenham Hotspurs in March was the 300th in his club career in Europe
“Today, I am 33 years old and it is not because a fool called me an old man that you must believe it. You must have noticed that the old man was better than the youngsters”, he told africaonline.
Eto’o was named in the 30 man provisional Cameroon team that will be going to Brazil next month for the world cup. Disagreements with the management of football in Cameroon led to his decision to retire from international football in 2013 but Eto’o was persuaded to rejoin the team and defend the national colours by President Mr Paul Biya and Prime Minister Philomen Yang
. Eto’o has since claimed some Lions’ team mates who did not like his return to the team after his much publicized “retirement” had been refusing to pass him the ball. Cameroon will be playing in group A and have difficult matches against organizers and favourites Brazil, Mexico and Croatia. Cameroon became the first African team to qualify for the quarter finals of the world cup in 1990 and the first to qualify to play in 7th world cup finals. Their performances after the 1990 record year have been consistently disappointing failing to go beyond the group stages. Mismanagement, disorganization and an epic consistency in failing to prepare in time has been a hallmark of participation of the team at the world cup
2014 will be no different. While other teams have already named their final 23 man teams, German coach Volke Finke only named a provisional team on Monday May 12th 2014. There are suspicions he did not even name the team because the list was only updated with the player’s teams added two days after the football federation released the list with no mention of the name of the German coach initially.
Eto’o Fils is hoping the Indomitable Lions do well this year and believes an African team will eventually win the world cup. He is also hoping he will still be in good form to take part in one last world cup in four year’s time-if Cameroon again qualifies to take part in the biggest football fiesta on earth, the FIFA world cup.
“Some did it at 42” Eto’o said referring to Roger Milla’s world record participation in 1990 when the “old lion” scored four goals and put the indomitable lions on the world football map.