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Eto'o's Success Lifting Cameroon ‘s Hope

After the success of his Italian club Inter Milan in the UEFA European Champions League,  Cameroonian football star Samuel Eto'o is the toast of the town and his country. This is Eto'o third success in the competition that is referred to as the Super bowl of European Football, making him the only player with Clarence Seedorf to have won the cup with three different teams. Cameroonian bloggers are proud of the accomplishment of their star player and hope that the momentum of his success can carry on for Cameroon at the World Cup.

Gef , blogging about football in Cameroon, certainly hopes so:

After a few days of recess, Eto’o will join his team-mates of the national team who have already started preparations for the FIFA World Cup that opens in South Africa on 11 June.
Many fans hope he will be an inspiration to lead the team to glory on African soil and expect to see the Eto’o who is a free-scoring lead striker although he has been used on the left of a three-man forward line-up.

Femmes En Ligne is happy for Eto'o and for Cameroon (fr):

Le drapeau vert – rouge – jaune du Cameroun a flotté au stade Santiago Bernabeu de Madrid en Espagne grâce à Samuel Eto’o qui a revêtu le drapeau national autour de ses épaules [..] Il devient le premier footballeur à avoir gagné deux années successives le triplé championnat, coupe nationale et ligue des champions respectivement avec Barcelone et l’Inter de Milan

The green, red and yellow flag was waving in Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium thanks to Samuel Eto'o who wore the national flag on his shoulders [..] He becomes the first football player to achieve the hat trick, championship, national cup and the champion's league two years in a row, with Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Camer-Sport says that emotion were running high for Cameroonians when Eto'o wore the flag for the whole world to see (fr):

Lorsque Samy a accroché le drapeau vert-rouge-jaune à son cou, certains de ces fans non pas pu retenir leurs larmes à Darmstadt. Tous ont déclaré s’identifier dans ce geste patriotique qui porte le Cameroun très haut sur la planète football. L’Inter a gagné un trophée continental. Eto’o a écrit l’histoire d’une nation africaine sur le sol du vieux continent.

When Sammy wore the green, red and yellow flag around his neck, some fans could not hold their tears in Darmstadt. They all said that they identify with this patriotic gesture that hold Cameroon up high in the world of football. Inter won the continental trophy. Eto'o wrote the history of an african nation on the soil of the Old World.

Screenshot of Eto'o hugging Inter Milan first lady Mrs Moratti

Mohamed at Afrique foot notes that Eto'o's maturation since his days in Barcelona were on full display in Milan (fr):

Loin de l’image du joueur vantard qui lui collait en Catalogne, le Camerounais a montré sous les ordres de Mourinho qu’il était un attaquant intelligent, capable de s’adapter à n’importe quel système de jeu, quitte à jouer défenseur latéral.

Far removed from his image as a boastful player that plagued him in Catalonia, the Cameroonian showed that under the guidance of Mourinho, he was an intelligent striker, capable of adapting to any tactical system, even if it requires playing defense on the wings.

Bernard Molino thinks that Eto'o is overdue for winning the best football player award for 2010 (fr):

Que doit faire Samuel Eto’o pour gagner le Ballon d’Or ? Samuel Eto’o mérite largement le Ballon d’or. Cette saison, ni Messi, ni Rooney, ni Drogba n’ont réussi à remporter la Champions League

What more does Eto'o need to do to win the Golden Ball (author's note: Best Player Award)? Samuel Eto’o is much deserving of the Golden Ball. This season, neither Messi, Rooney nor Drogba succeeded in winning the Champions league.

Interview of Eto'o after the champions league final, courtesy of blogger Allain Jules

On Le Blog de Samuel Eto'o fils, Marc shares the following interview with Eto'o in Milan in which he hopes for Cameroon to go far at the World Cup (fr):

Still, Cameroonians are skeptical about the chances of Cameroon to go far in the competition because of their up and down performances this year. Christophe breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of the national team (fr). However, the most stern critique of the team might just be African football legend Roger Milla. Milla is world renown for leading Cameroon to the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup and scoring 4 goals in the process at the age of 38, the most famous ones against Colombian goal keeper Rene Higueta:

Milla is pessimistic about Cameroon's chances. Asked by Frank Salin of Afrik.com, Milla thinks the team needs to remember that what makes it great is its unity (fr):

Il faut qu’ils oublient les différences qu’il y a entre eux : qu’untel est champion d’Europe, qu’untel est le plus payé, qu’untel joue dans telle grande équipe… Le peuple camerounais n’en a rien à cirer de tout cela.

They must forget about their differences: that this one is an European champion, that the other one is paid more, that a third one plays for a great club…the Cameroonian people do not care about that.

Hermann Oswald G'nowa at Camer-Sport might just disagree with Milla. He writes that the players's passion for Cameroon is symbolized by Joel Job Matip, a young player who chose to represent Cameroon ( his father's country) over Germany ( his country of birth). G'nowa writes about Matip's tough decision (fr):

ll justifiait également son amour pour le Cameroun, le pays d'origine de papa: “Je n’ai pas fait ce choix à la légère, j’ai bien réfléchi à la question. Mais je me suis fié à mon instinct, c’est ce qui a déterminé ma décision.”

He (Matip) also explained his love for Cameroon, the country of origin of his father: ” I did not make this decision lightly, I really thought long and hard about it. But I trusted my instinct and that is what determined my choice in the end”.

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