Africa all time best footballer Samuel Eto’o is against the CAF decision to host AFCON every four years.
During Alain Foka’s African debate on RFI, the Cameroonian legend broke the speech by the FIFA president in which he campaigned for an AFCON every four years. For the Ballon d’Or legend, the head of the world
football body lacked diplomacy in its release which continues to generate somany reactions.
“There is a win-win partnership between Fifa and CAF. I’m close to Gianni Infantino and Ahmad. But I believe that Gianni Infantino lacked tact. Especially since it has the doors of CAF wide open, “said the former FC
Barcelona player, interviewed by Alain Foka in” The African debate “. “Before, between CAF and Fifa, relations were not good. But that doesn’t give others the right to impose things on us, “added the Cameroonian,
adding that he was” very hard “on the subject during an interview with Gianni Infantino. “I don’t accept what he said,” he says.
An AFCON every 4 years benefits the Europeans.
“The AFCON generates twenty times less than the Euro. Is having an AFCON every two years commercially good? Has this made it possible to develop infrastructure? Remember to organize it every four years, “said
Gianni Infantino in particular to the delegates of the 54 African national football federations in Morocco on February 1.
Samuel Eto’o, a clear point of view.
“Is it in the interest of Africans to organize an AFCON every four years? I think it’s more like the Europeans. They want to have Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at their disposal, “says
Samuel Eto’o. “Fifa defends the interest of European clubs,” insisted the iconic number 9.
“Where do you get the money with an AFCON every four years?”
“How are we going to finance our football?” Where do you go to find the money with an AFCON every four years? “Asked the ex-indomitable lion captain. “We have to bring our football up to that of Europeans. And
according to Samuel Eto’o, that’s what President Ahmad “is doing.”
“It takes a policy on the African continent to develop the championships. This is what will keep national teams from being blackmailed, “concluded the top scorer in AFCON history.
The next African Cup of Nations will take place in Cameroon in 2021. During this edition, the AFCON will return to its traditional period, January-February, after having been organized for the first time in June and July,
in 2019, in Egypt . Calendar changes that reflect the difficulty that the main African competition currently has to win a place.