In an interview with Jeune Afrique magazine published on his website this Thursday, the former indomitable lion captain reveals that its time to get into new ventures which will bring change to African football – ‘freshness’, he emphasis.
While his compatriot Issa Hayatou is vying for an 8th term as head of the institution, the ex-captain of the indomitable Lions thinks it is time for the institution to change its governance.
“Issa Hayatou has done a lot for African football. And I think that he thinks of his own succession, to perpetuate the good work he has achieved. Moreover, no institution resists the laws of cycles and change. I just hope that these changes will help African football to evolve, because it is the most important. The development of CAN has improved infrastructure, and that is important. But the main beneficiaries of these changes must be players, especially those in Africa, “explains Samuel Eto’o.
“CAF is at a certain level of financial income. She is respected, for example within FIFA. But we should bring more freshness to open up other horizons. Without denying what has been done. These changes could prolong and improve what has been accomplished. Watch FIFA: the arrival of Gianni Infantino in the presidency has rebooted the innovation, without making the institution pitch. Trying to do something else at the head of the CAF is not a bad idea … “, he continues.
Eto’o was equally given the opportunity to express himself officially for the first time on the recent crowning of the indomitable lions at CAN 2017, when this one was only an outsider.
“Whenever Cameroon is not disturbed by internal problems, it has results. We did not necessarily expect such a course, from a rejuvenated team, with players who were going to play their first final phase of CAN. There were defections, the coach (Hugo Broos) had made strong choices, and it finally worked. As a Cameroonian, I felt an immense joy in the final in Libreville against Egypt (2-1) at which I attended. And I was also very proud that Fabrice Ondoa and Christian Bassogog, who were trained at Fundesport, the academy I created, participated in this great adventure, “says Eto’o.
Samuel Eto’o, who congratulates Nicolas Nkoulou and Aboubakar Vincent for their professionalism during this competition, said he would like to finish his career at Real Mallorca (Spain), where everything really started for him in Europe