Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o has sensationally revealed an alleged plot by his team-mates not to pass him the ball during their goalless draw against Tunisia earlier last month.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the return leg in Yaoundé, Eto’o said: “My team-mates decided not to pass me the ball.
"That is why, having heard this information before, I decided to move into midfield to take control myself in the first leg against Tunisia.”
The Indomitable Lions skipper also claimed to have video footage to back up his allegations, but national team coach Volker Fink has since moved quickly to dismiss his captain’s claims, and instead countered with accusing him of 'telling schoolyard stories'.
“I have not seen it. Go and watch the game. I did more than once and I did not feel that a player had refused to pass to Eto’o or another team-mate. These are stories of a schoolyard.”
This of course is not the first controversial statement that the 32-year old has made regarding the national team. Some may remember his stunning revelation of an assassination attempt by his own national football federation Fecafoot earlier this year.
Eto'o also famously led a player strike over unpaid bonuses in 2011, a move which saw him banned by Fecafoot for eight months, after which h consequently refused to play for the Indomitable Lions for several months thereafter.
The four-time African player of the year then reportedly informed his team-mates of his decision to retire from international football after his side’s last World Cup qualifying group game against Libya, and it took the intervention of Cameroon President Paul Biya to get him out of retirement to lead the Lions to Brazil 2014.
In spite of all this though, the striker now insists he is ready to put all this behind him and focus on helping his side get past Tunisia and into a second successive appearance at the FIFA World Cup.
He has scored three goals in his last two matches for his club Chelsea, and he takes great confidence going into Sunday’s do-or-die encounter with Tunisia, saying:
“I know how to score goals, and I also know how to make the team play. I am not obsessed to want to score on Sunday, though I have made it a habit to score, I am not egoistic.”
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