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.
“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.
“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.