By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o has set a huge objective for the Indomitable Lions ahead of the FIFA Qatar World Cup later this year – the one of winning the trophy.
Cameroon will compete in Group G alongside Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. The indomitable Lions will play their first match on November 24, against Switzerland, at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Cameroon’s best performance in the world was in Italy in 1990 when they became the first African country to reach the quarter-final. Coach Rigobert Song Bahanag will be leading the indomitable lions for the Qatar expedition, and Eto’o feels he has all that it takes to do better.
“Between the coach (Rigobert Song) and I, we have played four world cups each and we know the problems of this house. He has all my support and I will assume all that he will tell me,” Samuel Eto’o said.
The FECAFOOT president himself featured in four World Cups for Cameroon during his playing days – 2014, 2010, 2002, and 1998. Though his generation failed to bring glory to the continent on the world scene, he is hoping the new generation of players can do better than they did when the country will feature in its eighth world cup.
“We’re going to Qatar to win. Things must change. We’re going into every match to win, the others did not do magic. That is our mentality now,” Eto’o told the Cameroon National team in Douala on Saturday after a friendly game pitting the home-based players and the foreign-based.
“We have players here like the Zambo Anguissa’s, Onana (André), who are amongst the best in the world. Why shouldn’t we think of the dream of winning? I want us to dream humbly, but we have to dream because for us you’re the best.”
“All that we’re doing is for Doha. We will also dream-like others. The history of the World Cup will be written otherwise. The others are good, but they also consider us the best,” the former FC Barcelona striker who was voted FECAFOOT president on December 11, 2021, added.