Samuel Eto'o hits out at Cameroon government over head coach's future

Samuel Eto'o hits out at Cameroon government over head coach's future

Samuel Eto’o has become embroiled in a diplomatic row with Cameroon’s Sports Minister over the future of head coach Antonio Conceicao as the fallout from the country’s third-place finish Africa Cup of Nations () continues.

Eto’o told Narcisse Mouelle Kombi any decision concerning a managerial change ultimately rested with Cameroon’s Football Association (FECAFOOT), of which he is the president.

Earlier this week, Kombi had told Cameroonian broadcaster CRTV that Conceicao would be in charge for the upcoming international fixtures next month. 

Samuel Eto’o has told Cameroon’s Sports Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi any decision over the future of the national team’s manager rests with the Cameroonian FA

‘Every time we have won a trophy, it has been with a foreign coach.What is more important now is the [World Cup] playoffs in March,’ he said.

‘The priority is not to destabilise the team by decapitating it.

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Antonio Conceicao has been in charge of Cameroon since 2019

Eto’o, however, swiftly reminded Cameroon’s Spots Minister that deciding the future of the national team’s manager was not part of his remit.

In a letter addressed to Kombi, the former Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan striker pointed out a presidential decree from 2014 stated that the ‘FECAFOOT is in charge of the administrative, sporting and technical management of Cameroon’s national teams.’

He added choosing to continue with Conceicao or appointing a new manager remained a prerogative of the Cameroonian FA and not something the Sports Minister could decide upon. 

Eto’o pushed back on Kombi Servisi‘s suggestion Conceicao will be in charge next month

The Indomitable Lions finished third in the AFCON on home soil earlier this month

Cameroon hosted AFCON for the first time in 50 years last month, but the Indomitable Lions’ hopes of reclaiming the title they last lifted in 2017 came to an end as they lost to Egypt on penalties in the semi-final.

Cameroon eventually finished third after coming back from 3-0 down in the third-place playoff to beat Burkina Faso on penalties, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Conceicao from being heavily criticised in some quarters.

The Portuguese, who has been in charge of Cameroon since 2019, was lambasted for poor tactical decisions and for persisting with what his detractors consider a dull brand of football.