|Samuel Eto'o has been heavily criticized by Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz after his motivational speech to the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon ahead of the semifinal clash with Egypt on Thursday. (Photo credit: CAF)
"We have one objective, our next [game], it's Thursday, everything you've done, you need to capitalize on it. Prepare yours, because it will be a war, my guys, a war… that's how you have to get fired up for this one -- a war." – FECAFOOT President Samuel Eto’o.
head coach Carlos Queiroz has berated four-time Africa player of the year Samuel
Eto’o for his “war” statement while he was motivating the Indomitable Lions
ahead of their semifinal clash on Thursday in Olembe stadium, Cameroon.
two countries will square up in the stadium just ten days after seven lives
were lost and scores of others badly injured in a stampede that happened at the
same venue minutes before Cameroon beat a nine-man Comoros in a round of 16
described Eto’o statement as “unfortunate” while speaking to newsmen at his
pre-match conference on Tuesday.
an unfortunate comment and a very bad message to the people of Cameroon,"
Queiroz said. "I think he forgot that Cameroonian people died at the
stadium several days ago, and so making this declaration of war before one game
shows that he learned nothing from his time in professional football.
Cameroon football federation said on Monday that the Indomitable Lions will
donate their match winning bonuses to the victims of the stampede at the Olembe
stadium, a gesture that Queiroz found laudable as against the talks of war.