Eto’o and his Russian club side Anzhi Makhachkala. Yesterday they registered their second defeat in as many matches, going down 2-1 to Rubin Karzan. This defeat follows that registered against Liverpool in the Europa league. No amount of hustling from Cameroonian striker and Anzhi captain Samuel Eto’o could change the tide of defeat. While this cannot be the basis for any talk of a crisis, it has certainly tainted the feel – good atmosphere that reigned amongst fans after they went top of the log. This defeat equally means Eto’o and club have been relegated to second place in the league classifications.
Prodigal Indomitable Lion Samuel Eto'o has hoisted his club side F.C. Anzhi to the top of the Russian premier league. During their l
eague match against F.C. Volga, the striker scored one and put in an overall decisive performance to help his team defeat their opponents 2-1. This victory when coupled with CSKA Moscow's defeat means the Guus Hiddink – coached side is now top of the log. Eto'o's goal came in at the first additional minute of the first half. Such performances and serial – goal scoring habits have confirmed Eto'o's place in the hearts and minds of club fans.
Challenging the coach’s choices, leading a strike action, and now this: refusing to honour a national team call-up. The Eto’o Indomitable Lion’s saga seems to have no end. By publicly refusing to honour a highly-anticipated national team call-up, Samuel Eto’o has created a precedent in Cameroonian football circles which in recent years has suffered the scourge of infamy. While wars of opinion rage on the (un) patriotic nature of his act, those Cameroonians who were fed up with the status quo have resurrected from their shallow graves with joy. Eto’o’s action is the cataclysmic event that will flush out the ruining cabal, they think. While this is a widely-held expectation, let’s not forget that those who are comfortable with the status quo are embittered. If anything positive comes out of this stand, Eto’o may have scored his most splendid goal yet by dribbling past tradition and expectation to take a stand. He has endeared himself to those yearning for change. But wait a minute, he may also have bought himself atonement for his past transgressions. If the present FECAFOOT edifice comes crashing from this fit of frustration, Eto’o stands to be most kindly looked upon when this generation of footballers, and even others, are being judged by history.
After having guided his team to a win in the league, Cameroon’s Anzhi striker Samuel Eto’o put up another excellent performance in their qualifying game against Hungarian side Honved. Eto’o scored two goals, gave an assist and was omnipresent in this game. His two goals came at the 8th and at the 81st minute of the game. With this victory, his team is on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League. At this rate, the player seems set to recapture the excitement and enthusiasm that used to accompany the mention of his name. Only recently, he scored in a league match against Kuban Krasnodar.
Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o yesterday led his Anzhi side to a 2-1 victory over Kuban de Krasnodar. The match started badly for Eto’o and his team mates as they condeded an on-goal at the 48th second of the game. As if stung by this early goal, team cap Samuel Eto’o reacted with the equaliser. His team finally won 2-1. This is Samuel Eto’o’s first of the season and will surely set the base for a season of goals and victories.
Who says expensive cars are breakdown free? Cameroon’s F.C Anzhi striker Samuel Eto’o got the answer to this question recently when his Aston Martin One -77 broke down in Paris. As a matter of fact, the car refused to start and one of the windows could not be wound up. This prompted the use of a plastic paper to prevent rain damaging the interior of the car. The high-end 725 horse- powered vehicle did not leave up to its reputation when it was needed most. It is worth noting that this model costs over 2 million dollars and only 37 have been made so far. See the situation for yourselves.
Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o has issued a statement clarifying earlier reports as to his involvement in a criminal investigation in Barcelona for economic crimes. According to the statement, the player says that he lodged a complaint against his former aide Jose Maria Messales for fraudulent activities which have caused him Eto’o considerable losses. He adds that until they parted way, Maria Messales was his lawyer, adviser, representative and manager of his estate. He concludes by saying that he is collaborating fully with the authorities so that the situation can be resolved. This statement comes after several media reports quoting estadiodeportivo.com suggested that the player might be jail bound after an investigation was opened against him for alleged tax fraud amounting to about 3.5 million euros from 2006-2009. These reports may not only give the player a hard time but may also, pending vindication, scourge his image.
In the wake of the defeat to Libya and the stale victory over Guinea- Bissau, it has been interesting to listen to fans, critiques and pundits alike air their views about the Lions. The most interesting aspect has been the recurrence of two names- Eto’o and Ekotto. On some sports program, these have surfaced so frequently that one is now compelled to ask the question why. Why are two persons who are rightfully supposed to be in the footballing wilderness so present almost to the point of omnipresence in our recent football discourse. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying their deserved suspensions were supposed to be synonymous with their dismissal from our vocabulary. That is not what I am saying or trying to say. This is what I am simply saying. Isn’t it funny that those who were recently vilified are now missed and their quick return prayed for by some of their former critiques? Hasn’t the absence of these players and their potential return created a dilemma for Head coach Denis Lavagne? If he fields them right away upon return then it is going to be perceived as a glaring admission of the mediocrity of those who have been called to fill their place. If he does otherwise and the situation doesn’t change he is going to be criticised. Pending the materialisation of these scenarios, Lavagne already has one dilemma, what does he do in the meantime? Whatever the case, we must note that if these two players who were suspended from the team are now missed, it is because those who have come to replace them are transparent.
In the last few weeks, it has been interesting to see the way various Camerooniansports desks have been treating Choupo- Moting. Very few have spared praises for the young player. Simply put, he has been raised to the position of football star: some irrestible prodigy with footballing talents of Ronaldinho-ishproportions. Really? That is the question that keeps coming to my mind when I think of this new craze for the Mayence man. But is this sudden obsession with Choupo not an attempt to distract the public. Aren't his admirers trying to remain positive because they don't want to believe that an entire team can be devoid of any good player. Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that the player is not talented or doesn't deserve all the attention. Come on, with all the goals, he deserves some credit. What I am asking is whether Choupo would be this loved or followed if Eto'o was around. Isn't his sudden rise to fame an attempt to fill the gap left by Eto'o. We are all human and in times of adversity we need a hero: someone who incarnates hope. With all this in mind, one is tempted to believe that the press' sudden love for Choupo isn't sincere. It is not because he is a star. It is simply because he is the only bright spot in a pretty dark room called the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. When the star returns, his admirers will swiftly turn their attention away from Choupo. While waiting, I pray the other players become bright spots so cumulatively they can be one giant star to us.
Anzhi F.C ‘s Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o has surely settled in well to life in Russia. Not only has he been banging in the goals, the player has equally been into music. Along with his Cameroonian team mate Benoit Angbwa, Eto’o recently featured on the track of Russian rapper Timaro. If you want to see Eto’o from a whole new angle, do well to watch this video.