Sunday, October 20, 2019

Removed from selection, Etienne Eto'o writes heartfelt massage to Cameroonians and his mother

Rejected after the decision of the President of the Republic Paul Biya favoring young players playing in Cameroon for the Under-17 World Cup, the son of the emblematic captain of the indomitable Lions Samuel Eto'o sent a moving letter in which he traces his career during these two weeks in selection. √Čtienne Eto'o took this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the success of this adventure, especially his mother for "all she did for" him.


Last month was one of the best of my life because of the unique opportunity I had to compete in a World Cup. This dream, with which almost all children dream, came earlier than expected. Many of you think that coming here has been easy and we are wrong because it is complicated: many rapid and rapid medical tests, express trips to obtain my Cameroonian passport, the ROGAR, the almost SUPLICATE of the authorization to renew my Spanish passport and That would allow me to enter Brazil, the specific training to 100%, the fear of being hurt and that preventing me from traveling and playing, a lot of nerves and psychological stress to finally be ready and to be able to play this world cup. 

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Last day 6, my journey to a new stage of my life seemed to begin. I flew from Majorca to Paris and Brazil. I met new colleagues who traveled with the same enthusiasm. We arrived at our destination, started training, and shortly thereafter played the first friendly game where I had the opportunity to score a goal as soon as I entered the competition. The feelings were very good, I was convinced that this opportunity could be very important in my life after 13 years of football.

But what we did not know, my five European colleagues and myself, is that it is because of a presidential decree (which I respect but do not prefer to say) that we would miss the World Cup. I will not deny that it was very hard, but thanks to the support we gave ourselves, we managed to start turning the page. 

I want to thank my mother mainly for all she did for me and for all the support she gave me, my family in general, my friends and all the anonymous people who have invested a few minutes to send me support messages. It is an honor for me to represent Cameroon throughout these two weeks. A big thank you to the federation for calling me and the technical team for experiences like this.