In his 17-year professional career with the Indomitable Lions, the ex Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea striker participated in 4 World Cup competitions before being chosen head of the Cameroon Football Federation last year. Even though he and his team finally fell short of the tournament’s knockout rounds, he still has faith in the current crop of Cameroon stars to do well in this winter’s competition.
In fact, Eto’o thinks Rigobert Song’s team will defeat Morocco in the championship game to win the best reward in football. The 41-year-old made some audacious predictions about the future of Cameroon and Morocco in an interview. Africa always has the ability to host a spectacular World Cup, but up until now, Eto’o observed, we have not really put on our best front. African teams have gained a lot of experience over the years, and I believe they are now qualified not only compete in a World Cup, but to win it.
Eto’o predicts that Walid Regragui’s Moroccan team will defeat Portugal, Spain, and France en route to the championship game. In the meantime, Cameroon will defeat Belgium in the quarterfinals and then defeat Senegal in an all-African semifinal. He declared that Cameroon would defeat Morocco in the World Cup championship game. Eto’o has urged Cameroon to draw motivation from Inter Milan, his old team, who defied the odds in 2010 by defeating the heavily favored Bayern Munich to win the Champions League under Jose Mourinho. He told FIFA that there is no reason why they cannot succeed before their opening match against Switzerland on November 24.
To compete in the World Cup, in my opinion, you don’t have to be an extraterrestrial or a monster; all you need is solid preparation, a resilient mindset, and a dash of craziness. I always use Inter as an example because, at the beginning of the 2009–10 season, nobody believed we would win the Champions League, yet Mourinho pulled off an incredible feat with a team of men and warriors.
In addition to his audacious World Cup final forecast, Eto’o asserts that Qatar, the host nation, would astound a few teams with their talent. The ex Barcelona striker has had a very exciting few weeks. He recently asserted that his ex teammate Thierry Henry wasn’t a player on par with him.
In fact, Eto’o thinks that the ex Arsenal striker did not display the same level of brilliance as his international partner, Nicolas Anelka. Although I knew players, Thierry Henry was excellent. As published by the French website Foot Mercato, Eto’o stated that he preferred other players.
He wasn’t on my level in any case. I didn’t get to play for France, which was either good or bad luck for me.
Those who competed in France had a plus 70%. Not simply because they were powerful, but rather because France marketed them more effectively. They raised them to our level and sold them to us.
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