Samuel Eto?o believes the Cameroon Football Federation is poorly organized
Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto?o faces a lifetime ban for refusing to play for his national team because he believes the Cameroon Football Federation is poorly organized.
Eto?o, However, declared his intentions why he refused to play for his team in a friendly against Algeria to what he described as ‘amateurism and poorly organized with bad management’ in his national set-up; which led the Indomitable Lions refusing to play Algeria in a friendly.
It appeared that both Eto?o and the country?s FECAFOOT had moved on from the incident when the striker was called up for Cameroon?s 2014 FIFA African Cup qualification clash with Cape Verde in September, after completing an eight-month ban.
Eto?o said in a letter to the Cameroon Football Federation that he had put his return “on hold”.
“The Federation President and the Minister of Sports and Physical Education have the prerogative to initiate sanctions against the player and it is for them to take responsibility.
“Defending the colours of your country must be the individual?s will. When someone is not in good metal shape to play for his country, to stand behind the flag, it is better he is not selected. That is the belief of the coach.
“But when a player has been called he is obliged to come. When a player is still active in his career he cannot decide to retire from international duty. According to regulations, the player has to oblige.”
The Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) has threatened to evoke a FIFA statue that could see striker Samuel Eto?o banned from football activities for club and country for failing to honour a call to play for his national team.