The Cameroon football Association has now reduced to the ban given to former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o.
Samuel Eto’o was initially handed a 15 match ban to represent the national football team. Samuel Eto’o is easily the most celebrated African player, and is widely regarded to be the reason for Cameroon’s success in recent years.
However, he is also equally a troublemaker and the recent problems with a number of teammates has now meant that he will be unavailable for selection for up to 4 games by the recently appointed Rigobert Song.
Rigobert Song comes with the huge task at his hands. Cameroon have not only failed to qualify for the 2012 African cup of nations, but the problems surrounding Samuel Eto’o has caused a lot of bad press for the Cameroon national football team.
It will be the job of Rigobert Song to put Cameroon back into the map of world football. His first job will be to get Cameroon qualified for the 2013 African cup of nations, which will be the first time the African cup of nations will be held in successive years. The initial 15 match ban for Samuel Eto’o has now been brought down to 8 months.
Even though the time period looks quite long, it means that the striker will miss only four matches for the Cameroon national team. Samuel Eto’o has been pardoned slightly after the Cameroon President Paul Biya appealed to the Cameroon football Association to reconsider the huge ban imposed on him.
The reduction of the ban now means that it is very much likely that Samuel Eto’o will be part of the Cameroon squad that will try to qualify for the 2013 African cup of nations, which could be held either in Libya or in South Africa.