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Eto’o under harsh fire in Cameroon

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Samuel Eto'o and Henri Njalla Quan.

Still smarting under a recent paternity row on a Cape Verde girl and call for his resignation,  African football legend and president of Cameroon football federation (FECAFOOT), Samuel Eto’o has entered another problem.

A former third vice president of FECAFOOT, Henry Njalla Quan, has accused Eto’o as being responsible for the row in the camp of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the last World Cup in Qatar.

He accused Eto’o of lying, manipulation and embezzlement in his management of the episode.

Last November at the World Cup in Qatar, Andre Onana was decamped. Quan, according to Spanish publication, Marca,  pointed at Eto’o as being responsible for the goalkeeper’s expulsion.

The Spanish publication further revealed that Quan asserted that Onana’s return to the Cameroon national team depends on Eto’o.

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“André Onana’s call for the national team depends on the president of Fecafoot. I asked him formally about the future of our goalkeeper in the national team, and he replied that the boy’s career is over, and that the letter he sent to his club – Inter FC – was to get rid of him, so how can someone be so mean?” Henri Njalla Quan was quoted as saying.

“André Onana’s call for the national team depends on the president of Fecafoot . I asked him formally about the future of our goalkeeper in the national team, and he replied that the boy’s career is over, and that the letter he sent to his club – Inter FC – was to get rid of him, so how can someone be so mean?” Henri Njalla Quan said.

Henri Njalla Quan explained the real reason for the expulsion of André Onana from the World Cup in Qatar. It was because the president of the Cameroon Football Association, Samuel Eto’o, was desperate to get rid of the Inter goalkeeper .

During the press conference, Henri Njalla Quan denounced many other irregularities, which led him to resign from his position: “The stars of the national team are being suffocated by someone who himself was a star when he was a footballer and who wants to continue being a coach He is present in all the meetings, in all the training sessions. Even the coach feels suffocated by Eto’o’s omnipresence”.

The former FECFOOT official also accused Eto’o of not being transparent in financial matters.  “I used my pocket money to make donations to the soccer players. Eto’o promised not to touch his salary as president of FECAFOOT, where is that promise? Today, FECAFOOT is in debt of several tens of billions of francs, whose fault is it?” continues Henri Njalla Quan.

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“No member of the FECAFOOT general assembly ever proposed extending the term of the president from four to seven years. The only thing that was discussed was increasing the number of terms for the president from two to three terms of four years, as occurs in CAF and FIFA. Eto’o has manipulated an entire country!”

The complaint from the former third vice president of the Cameroon Football Federation continues: “I was president of the FECAFOOT marketing committee, but I did not have access to any document related to the different sponsors. I do not know how much the contracts with One All Sports amount to, Orange and MTN. I have requested these documents on several occasions, the last time questioning the president, but the employees of the Federation told me that they would not give them to me…”.

Henri Njalla Quan even assures that Samuel investigated him. “Eto’o gave 1 million francs to a football official to monitor me, and this man started threatening my family. I contacted the prosecutor, who took steps to guarantee my safety. President Samuel Eto’ or held a meeting with the other members of the executive committee at the Starland Hotel, during which he said that he no longer trusted me because I asked too many questions.”

Regarding his resignation, he explained: “I don’t regret having resigned. Things were not going the way I wanted. In the southwestern region, I gave material to the clubs, the players and the referees. I even gave financial support to certain media outlets. communication, even if they insult me today. I have spent about 10 million francs”.

“In the executive committee of FECAFOOT there are competent people, such as teachers, councilors and others. I don’t understand how they can be manipulated to such an extent. If I were them, I would be ashamed, Quan concluded.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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Tinubu backs Amaju’s FIFA Council re-election bid

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Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick has secured the backing of Nigeria’s President,  Bola Tinubu in his bid to get another term in office as one of Africa’s representatives in FIFA Council.

The 37-member FIFA  Council is the main decision making body of the organisation in the intervals of FIFA Congress. 

Pinnick is the third Nigerian to ever sit in the FIFA Council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Dr. Amos Adamu (2006-2010).

Pinnick was elected into the council on 12 March 2021. He is bidding for re-election in 2025 when the current term lapses.

According to a media release from the State House and signed by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity,

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President Bola Tinubu expresses strong support for Nigeria’s bid for re-election into the FIFA Council

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Save Our Soccer, African Sports Journalists plead with Motsepe

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

An SOS has been sent by the International Sports Press – Africa (AIPS -Africa) to the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr. Patrice Motsepe to save the soul of African soccer.

 The sports writers’ body has written an open letter to Motsepe on the need to do more to save African football.

The letter, written Monday in Dakar, is premised on the recurring scheduling problems that “have made CAF a victim of collateral damage from the “war” between UEFA and FIFA.”

Continuing in the letter signed by AIPS-Africa President, Abdoulaye Thiam, the sports writers’ body noted that UEFA contributed to overloading of the international calendar with the creation of the Nations League, which is played on FIFA dates

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Owing to the congested international calendar, football competitions in Africa have been major victims.

AIPS wrote: …”the stuttering and uncertainties surrounding the programming of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) leave many wondering about the future of our continent’s most prestigious competition, which is struggling to find a place in the international calendar.

“Added to this, the external influences and the overload of the international calendar, modelled on the European interests, increases the scepticism surrounding the survival of CAF’s most lucrative and economically viable tournament.

“As a result, therefore, it is rare, if not impossible, for an African team to find a European team to spar with, except when they share the same group in a World Cup draw every four years.     

“As for FIFA, in addition to the Arab World Cup, it has also created the Club World Cup. Worse still, it decided to stage the latter competition from June 15 to July 13, 2025, a period initially chosen by Morocco to host the AFCON 2025. In fact, Cairo’s dependence on Zurich enabled FIFA’s latest competition to happily shake up the 67-year-old African Cup of Nations.”

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Also affected by the global football calendar are the scheduling of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations and African Women’s Champions League.

The journalists recalled that the changing of AFCON tournaments from the even-ending years to the odd  was to avert situations of clashing with World Cup years and to avert exhaustion on players.

The situation is such that scheduling of tournaments in Africa is now determined by compromise reached with UEFA and FIFA.

AIPS averred that “it is important to deconstruct the image of Africa as a prominent stakeholder in the global game with huge voice of 54 member associations and votes being presented as an electoral cattle-tank, to be adequately given their fair share during debates and dialogues with FIFA, by offering constructive solutions with a view to accelerating a reform of the international calendar.

“It is therefore expected from CAF leaders to ensure respect for African Football which is full of great administrators and players alike…Mr. President (Motsepe), you claim to be a disciple of Nelson Mandela and a well respectable man. A man of principles. So do kindly refuse and remain our inspiration than anything else.”  

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Breaking! CAF’s axe falls on Eto’o

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Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed a fine of $200 thousand on Samuel Eto’o Fils, a former international footballer and President of Fédération Camerounaise de Football (‘’FECAFOOT’’).

  The fine is imposed on the FECAFOOT president for violating the principles of ethics, integrity and sportsmanship as provided in Article 2  paragraph 3 of the CAF Statutes.

He is found to have violated the said article by signing a Brand Ambassador contract with the company 1XBET in exchange for remuneration.

 He however escape sanction in a bigger allegation of match fixing and manipulation.

Eto’o faced charges of alleged manipulation of football matches and violating the principles of ethics and integrity.

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The Disciplinary Board ruled that there was insufficient proof to find him and Valentin Nkwain guilty of match manipulation.

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