The assassination claim will further strain the already sour relationship between the four times African Footballer- of- the- Year, and FECAFOOT officials. “FECAFOOT wants to assassinate me,” Eto’o said in a video conference with the satirical online magazine, Je Wanda. This declaration by the football star hit the public last week and is making its rounds in the media and the public sphere.
The declaration made days after Eto’o supposedly suffered from a back pain and failed to show up for the friendly in which the Taifa Stars humiliated the Indomitable Lions 1-0. Eto’o, who has been critical of the poor management of the federation, indicated that the federation is after his life.
“I have been living in the national team with gendarmes; a gendarme sleeps at my door. I get my sport kit directly from Puma and I am particular about what I eat during training with the national team,” Eto’o told youths on a Skype conference. However, FECAFOOT Communication Officer, Junior Binyam said, after listening to Eto’o, he (Eto’o) is not saying anything concrete and is not quoting the name of the person after his life.
A source at the federation said Eto’o is in quest for power and serving the interest of a group of powerful people operating in the background. However, to Eto’o, officials of the federation who are incompetent and corrupt should resign. He insinuated that the old people of the federation have embezzled a lot of money at the expense of the players.
“Instead of managing football for the good of all, the federation officials are preoccupied with fictitious missions abroad in first class with unsuspicious bank accounts in Europe,” he said.
Meanwhile, commenting on the just ended African Cup of Nations, he said the level of the competition was good. To him, Cameroon is below standard compared to Togo, following its (Togo’s) Nations Cup performance.
Eto’o maintained that he would have loved to come to Cameroon and play games in the night in good pitches. He accused Camfoot.com-an online publication dedicated to information on football – of being pocketed by the federation that gives it millions.
Retaliating to the claims, Camfoot.com on its part says Eto’o is the worst captain ever in the history of Cameroon football. After Eto’o’s media outing, many seem to doubt the reason for his absence for the friendly against Tanzania. With the assassination claim, Eto’o has probably opened another scandal that may rage for sometimes.