Samuel Eto’o, President of the Cameroon Football Association, responded to an article by Rfi entitled “The 2022 World Cup: When football and mysticism come together in Cameroon.”
On Thursday, our Rfi colleagues published an article entitled “World Cup 2022: When football and mysticism come together in Cameroon.” In it, he specifically writes, “Many of the Cameroonian football players rush to remote villages deep in the equatorial forests to seek out and meet traditional healers” and “in The Invincible Lions, they are ignored by witchcraft.” requires certain practices that may shock the general public. According to a certain tradition, to get a good course during an international competition, you have to surround yourself with the best marabou, traditional healers and private healers”.
These words impressed Samuel Eto’o. In a letter sent to the French media this Saturday, the president of the Football Association of Cameroon (Fécafoot) requested the exercise of his right of reply! The legend refers to Article 13 of the French press freedom law of 1881, which “grants any natural or legal person targeted by a press article the right to write a response to have it circulated by the body that published the controversial article”.
“Insulting all this generation of players who have won the competitions”
The former FC Barcelona striker condemns “slanderous remarks and dubious claims under the guise of credibility”, citing an “anthology of anonymous quotes and vague adjectives” that “only maliciously deceives readers”. Regarding the use of the marabout in the election, Eto’o said, “these words are not only wrong, but an insult to all this generation of players who have won competitions thanks to their efforts at clubs and in elections. Team Cameroon is an area where freedom of conscience and worship is guaranteed. Everyone is free to practice the religion or spirituality of their choice. Provided that this freedom respects the freedom of other players and coaches, it protects the living environment from any influence that is contrary to the principle of secularism of the State recognized by the Constitution of Cameroon. To claim that we will be sacrificing animals in stadiums in the middle of the 21st century is also utterly ridiculous. Writing without seeing is fiction.
“I officially reject the content of this article and challenge the journalists on your editorial team to substantiate their claims,” Eto’o concludes with regret. Less than 50 days to the 2022 World Cup, the Cameroonian is determined not to let anything pass…
Two more friendly matches before the World Cup!
On the pitch, Fédé continues preparations for the 2022 World Cup.At the end of a very disappointing friendlies campaign in September (2-0 to Uzbekistan, 1-0 to South Korea), Cameroon will qualify for two matches. The final tryout will take place before the 2022 World Cup. This Saturday, the Cameroon Football Association (Fécafoot) announced that the Indomitable Lions will face Jamaica on November 9 at 3:30 PM, followed by Panama on November 18. The venues for these two meetings were not disclosed.
We can only imagine that the game on November 9 will take place in Cameroon and will be played with a very local and very reworked starter as most of the players will be sticking to their club commitments on this date. On the other hand, the 18-man match will definitely be played in the Gulf and with the usual team.
Note that the Cameroonians will start their World Cup on November 24 against Switzerland, followed by Serbia (November 28), then Brazil (December 2). Panama and Jamaica did not qualify for the World Cup, finishing 4th after Costa Rica in the qualifying rounds in the Concacaf region, and finishing 5th and 6th, respectively, in the intercontinental play-off match.
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