Cameroonian FA President Samuel Eto’o made an impassioned speech to the squad after beating Burundi 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Lyon forward Karl Toko Ekambi scored the only goal in a slender victory for Cameroon, kick-starting their African Cup of Nations qualifying journey with a cosy three points.
However, it seems Eto’o was far from satisfied with the performance as a whole and even went into the dressing room after to air his feelings on the display.
“I am not happy. I’m not happy at all. You represent the Cameroonian national team. I don’t care who is in front of you, you need to get the job done.” Eto’o said as he addressed the changing room.
“I cried for years because I had bad World Cups. But I knew what problem I had and why I had bad World Cups. And that is not going to happen as long as I am president. I accepted the presidency to change things and spots. on this squad will be expensive.
“Nobody is guaranteed a place in this squad. You have to do your job. If you want to come and put the Cameroonian shirt on you have to do your job.
“Otherwise don’t bother to come and I’ll be happy. I will be happy to have the children play.”
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With the World Cup fast emerging on the horizon, it’s clear Eto’o wanted to drive home the importance of giving a strong showing at the tournament and spoke deeply about his love for their shared nation.
He continued: “I was sat there at 26 years just like you and I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking’this guy is ab ******’ but I was the best sitting there.
“And I know why I missed out but today I’m the president. I’ll give anything for you to be in the best conditions, even my life.
“I will fight with everyone for you guys to be in the best possible conditions. Because you’re all sitting there not knowing what kind of fights I’ve got behind the scenes to put you in the best of conditions.
“But when we come here it’s Cameroon boys. For me there’s nothing more beautiful than Cameroon. There’s nothing more important.
“I would give my life for my country. There’s nothing more beautiful. I have a very high estimate of my country. And I’m going to get where I want to be with or without you.
Eto’o rounded off his speech with a rallying call for the players to up their level of preparation and even spoke about his dream of winning the tournament.
“If you want to be part of this journey, I suggest you get moving boys. I’m telling you because for this World Cup, do not be sure to be on this list.
“Based on what I saw today? You won’t be. I need more boys. Because I’m dreaming of winning this World Cup.
Video: Eto’o gave passionate post-match speech
Samuel Eto’o talks to the Cameroon squad after they won 1-0 against Burundi yesterday. What a leader! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/U6ybM3jFny
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Eto’o has held the position of FA President just six months but he’s certainly keen to waste no time in drastically reshaping the culture of the squad.
Despite previously being one of the greatest strikers in the world and part of an exceptionally talented crop of Cameroonian players, Eto’o failed to get out of the group stage in all three of his World Cup appearances.
Hopefully with this level of leadership at the helm, he will get a bit more joy at the 2022 edition in Qatar.
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