Anzhi striker, Samuel Eto’o Fils, has officially made public his decision to come back to the national team.
The announcement is posted on his official website today, September 27.
It states, “I was received these past days by the state authorities to discuss the present situation of football in Cameroon, and specifically the national team”.
“On the request of the highest authority of the Republic, I accepted to reconsider my position, to make myself available to the Indomitable Lions, encouraged by my desire to serve my country with the same faith, ardour and determination of 15 years ago”.
Samuel Eto’o Fils refused the national team after serving his eight-month match ban for the amateurish and bad organization.
He was absent from the first leg of the African Nations qualifier match in which Cape Verde inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Lions.
The state authorities unable to digest the defeat suspended Coach Denis Lavagne and named Jean Paul Akono in his place.
The government wooed Eto’o to come back to the national team.
The Prime Minister received Eto’o, Team Manager, Song Bahang, Coach, Jean Paul Akono and Minister of Sports, Adoum Garoua, in a bid to push Eto’o to have a change of mind.
Coming back, Eto’o says, “I am convinced that together, putting aside other interests for the country, we are capable, with God’s assistance of giving Cameroon football the panache, and shine of old”.
Cameroon plays the return leg of the Nations Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde on October 14.
The question is, does Eto’o’s return guarantee qualification?