Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has sensationally claimed that his international team-mates deliberately refused to pass him the ball during Cameroon’s World Cup qualifier last month.
The first-leg tie of their World Cup playoff with Tunisia ended goalless, and the Chelsea star has since accused his Cameroon team-mates of plotting against him by not passing him the ball.
Despite allegedly retiring from international football back in September, Eto’o took to the field for the African side, but was left upset after he felt he was deliberately ignored during the game.
"It’s true and regrettable," Eto’o said. "And when you watched me retreating to the midfield to chase the ball, it’s because I heard of the plot.
"Football is a collective sport. You are obliged to pass the ball even to your worst enemy, especially when he is in a good position to receive it.
"It is time to put all these issues behind us and concentrate on Sunday’s match. We need to unite, chat during the game and do our best to obtain the result that the entire nation is expecting from us and, since our coach is right here, I want him to help stop the act of not passing the ball to a player on the field," he added.
However Cameroon manager Volker Finke dismissed the striker’s claims, and believes there was no such thing going on.
"I didn’t see anything of such a nature during that match," he said.
"Each of you can go and watch the video once more. I have watched it over again for about six to seven times. I never noticed any time when a player refused to pass the ball to Eto’o or any other player.
"There could be some issues between the players but nobody refused to kick the ball to Eto’o during that encounter. To me it sounds much like a kindergarten talk."
The 32-year-old joined Chelsea in August after a free transfer from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, signing a one-year-deal at Stamford Bridge.
And with the tie finely poised, Eto’o will hope for better luck later today when the sides go head-to-head in the second leg, knowing victory will secure their spot in Brazil next summer.
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