Eto’o questions Infantino’s four-year Afcon plan

GOAL | The Cameroonian has been an ambassador for African football, closely working with Caf president Ahmad Ahmad as well as Fifa’s Gianni Infantino

Samuel Eto’o feels that Fifa’s proposal to have the Africa Cup of Nations held every four years would not be in the best interest of the continent.

Last week, Fifa president Gianni Infantino suggested that Afcon should be held every four years instead of two.

But Eto’o, who has been working in an ambassadorial role with Caf president Ahmad Ahmad as well as Fifa boss Infantino, feels that a four-year Afcon is designed to have Africa’s best players available for big clubs at the expense of the continent.

“Is it in the interest of Africans to organise a Afcon every four years? I think it’s more like the Europeans,” Eto’o told Radio France International.

“They want to have Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at their disposal.”

Eto’o, however, feels that African football has to catch up with European standards.

This comes after Fifa appointed their secretary-general Fatma Samoura as Caf general delegate for six months, in which Eto’o was involved as an advisor to the Caf president during that period. 

“We have to bring our football up to that of Europeans,” Eto’o added.

“We asked Caf for help in going faster in the restructuring. It takes a policy on the African continent to develop the champions. This is what will keep national teams from blackmailing.”

The role Eto’o played for Caf comes on the backdrop of his curriculum vitae as 2000 and 2002 Afcon winner with Cameroon, as well as being a four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, Barcelona (two) and Inter Milan.

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6 comments

  1. Eto’o,

    that Fifa man is your friend, likewise Etoudi.

    That said! Why not just continue with ur Ahmed man and fool the world that CMR is ready to host the Afcon?

    There is just no way you can manoeuvre and distract CMRs from the 20p participation in those elections, or Anglo prob.

    U might join Cabral and SDF, and celebrate their one-seat victory in a parliament of 500 CPDM Mps, in a crazy man rh-ythm—on vous connaît déjà.

    Kamto, the non-tribalist pacifier, has indeed spoiled the garri of many unpatriotic CMRs, the whole world is now focused on CMR—even African Union has said niet.

    Let’s wait and see who owns CMR: Etoudi, separatists, non-patriots, haters of CMR…?

    Once CMR is back on rails, you better stay in Spain—Alex Song need not remind you that the den is a lion’s world…

  2. Good.well said
    even if he is stating the obvious at least he came out and said it in public and gave solid reasons why it is stupid to suggest a four yearly championship,it’s already bad enough that these fixtures aren’t available in Europe on the main pay channels.He should obviously be considered for a transparency role within the running of the organization since no one else had the courage to say this .

  3. Eto’o,

    le type de la Fifa est ton ami, tout comme Etoudi.

    Cela dit ! Pourquoi ne pas continuer avec Ahmed et faire croire au monde entier que la CMR est prêt à accueillir la coupe d’Afrique ?

    Il n’y a pas moyen de manœuvrer et de distraire les CMRs des 20% de participation aux élections, ou du problème Anglophone. C’est fini !

    Tu peux rejoindre Cabral et le SDF, et célébrer leur victoire d’un siège dans un parlement de 500 députés RDPC, à l’aide d’un refrain de lunatiques – on vous connaît déjà.

    Kamto, le pacificateur non tribaliste, a en effet gâché le tapioca de nombreux CMR antipatriotiques, le monde entier est maintenant focalisé sur les CMR – même l’Union africaine a dit niet cette fois-ci.

    Le CMR restera un et indivisible, CHINEKE l’a ainsi destiné…

    • Quel CHINEKE? Parceque le mien me promet la liberté de l’Ambazonie

      • Désolé,

        le CHINEKE du CMR a tué le vôtre avant qu’il ne mette du feu dans son PARADIS CMR.

        J’espère que votre enfer vous convient si bien…

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