Samuel Eto’o: Cameroonian Legend Fires Warning to Opponents Ahead of AFCON 2023

Samuel Eto’o: Cameroonian Legend Fires Warning to Opponents Ahead of AFCON 2023

Babajide Orevba
updated at December 18, 2023 at 8:30 AM
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  • Samuel Eto'o believes his Cameroonian team can win the forthcoming AFCON tournament
  • The two-time winner of the continental showpiece is rooting for his side to go all the way
  • The Indomitable Lions have won AFCON five times and they are on a quest for a sixth title

FECAFOOT president, Samuel Eto'o has issued a warning to the other countries participating in the forthcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations to be wary of Cameroon.

The Indomitable Lions were drawn in Group B alongside Guinea, Senegal, and The Gambia ahead of the competition, which starts on January 14 in Ivory Coast.

The former Barcelona striker was part of the squad that won the continental showpiece in 2000 and 2002 and believes his side can claim the title again next year.

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Samuel Eto'o says Cameroon are capable of winning AFCON 2023. Photo: Ahmed Awaad.
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Although they are not considered one of the favourites, Eto'o believes the 2017 champions can spring a surprise at the tournament. The former Chelsea forward said, via BSN Sports:

"It is true that we are not expected on the final podium, but do not forget that we are Cameroon and Cameroon remains Cameroon," he cautioned.
"We will humbly go to Ivory Coast and share this moment of happiness with our African brothers, and we hope that our team will have one of the best performances in this tournament."

Cameroon won their fifth title six years ago after defeating seven-time champions, Egypt 2-1 in the final.

Among the favourites for 2023 AFCON, as Sports Brief previously reported, are Senegal, the host nation, and the first-ever African FIFA World Cup semi-finalists, Morocco.

Mbeumo ruled out of AFCON

Sports Brief also previously that Cameroon international, Bryan Mbeumo has been ruled out of 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast due to a serious ankle injury in the English Premier League.

The five-time champions will be without Brentford forward after manager, Thomas Frank confirmed the French-born winger needed to undergo surgery and would be out for 12 weeks.

However, the Bees' boss believes Mbeumo is a positive person with a strong mindset and was convinced the Cameroonian star would return to action stronger than ever before.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.