Eto’o ban leaves Cameroon worried
Cameroon’s government is monitoring the situation after the decision by the country’s football federation to suspend captain Samuel Eto’o for 15 matches.football Updated: Dec 22, 2011 01:11 IST
Cameroon’s government is monitoring the situation after the decision by the country’s football federation to suspend captain Samuel Eto’o for 15 matches.
The punishment, handed down on Friday after the federation said Eto’o had persuaded team mates not to travel to Algeria last month for a friendly, has led to widespread criticism in the soccer-mad central African country.
Sports minister Adoum Garoua issued a statement calling for calm and said the government was looking at the possibility of bringing the various parties together.
Former Cameroon international Roger Milla was among those to criticise the country’s football federation (Fecafoot).
“This effectively means a three-year ban, which is bad for Eto’o, who is 30 years old, and could result in his early retirement from international football,” said Milla, who played in three World Cups. But the federation’s secretary general Sidiki Tombi a Roko said, “Samuel Eto’o incited the national team not to travel to Algeria and said he was ready to assume full responsibility for any action that was taken.”
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First Published: Dec 22, 2011 01:09 IST