Cameroon’s Eto’o sees no reason to postpone AFCON, dismayed by ‘African accomplices’

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 21 Dec 2021

President of the Cameroonian Football Federation Samuel Eto’o sees no reason to postpone the African Cup of Nations that is scheduled to be hosted in his country between 9 January and 6 February, lashing out at Africans trying to push for the cancellation of the tournament.

Samuel Eto o
Samuel Eto o an ex-Cameroonian footballer, is seen during the election of a new president of the Cameroon Football Federation (F cafoot) at the Mont F b Hotel in Yaound on December 11, 2021. AFP

He affirmed that his country is capable of ensuring a successful tournament.

The future of the prestigious tournament came into doubt recently amid continued rumors that it might face postponement over coronavirus concerns.

“I don’t see a reason to not hold the African Cup of Nations,” the former Cameroon skipper told French TV channel Canal Plus late on Tuesday.

“The Cameroonian Football Federation is doing its best to hold this African tournament.”

“What is the excuse to cancel it if Euro 2020 was held amid the coronavirus pandemic with full capacity stadiums? The tournament was held in different European cities without any problems,” Eto’o said.

“Give me a single logical reason to cancel the tournament or make it clear that you think Cameroon is the weaker side and should accept any outcome as usual.”

“What is really hard to stomach is that some Africans are accomplices in pushing for the cancellation of the tournament,” the former Real Madrid and Barcelona star added.

On Monday, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Patrice Motsepe confirmed that the AFCON would be held on time.

Eto’o also stressed via Twitter on Tuesday that he has full confidence in holding a successful tournament at home.

“From Cairo to Cape Town, some of the world’s greatest football players come from Africa. The African Cup of Nations is a celebration of pride, of African brotherhood, and — most of all — our love for the game. I have the utmost faith in the success of #CAN2021.”

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