By Etienne Mainimo
The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’o has said, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon should start preparing because they we have to go to the 2022 World Cup with a different mentality.
Speaking shortly after the Lion’s dramatic ousting of Algeria in the last round qualifiers of the 2022 Qatar World Cup match in Algeria, Eto’o maintained that, if other countries have been winning the World Cup, while not Cameroon.
“First of all, I want to say a big thank you. Like I said a while ago, the match was going to be very long. You did the job but I am a big dreamer. I am not going to Qatar to leave in the first round. We will go to Qatar with a different mentality,” Eto’o said.
He added, “…if others can win, why not us. We have a lot of responsibilities. We have to change the way we are going to the World Cup. Begin to anticipate the upcoming World Cup. We will not go to Qatar for a walk.”
“What you have done today is enormous but what you will do in Qatar in November and December is going to be big. Those you will meet in Qatar are not better than you. They play in the same clubs as you. We shall be one and we are going to write history,” Eto’o said.
Cameroon qualifies for the 2022 World Cup following the away goal rule against Algeria in the last qualifying match played in Blidar. Karl Toko Ekambi sealed Cameroon’s qualification at the 118 minutes after a beautiful cross from Collins Fai landed on Michael Ngadeu’s head to give Ekambi the opportunity to sweep the ball home inside the box into the net.
After the full-time whistle the Lions of Cameroon had qualified. It was a massive heartbreak for Algeria with their coach Djabel Belmadi sinking to the turf.
Earlier on, Eric Maxim Choupo Moting had open scores for the lions in the first half of the game slamming the ball home after Algerian keeper; Rais M’Bohli carelessly dropped a corner right at his feet. The goal gave Cameroon hopes of qualifying for the Qatar expedition.
During prolongations, Algeria assumed they had scored a spirited goal when striker Slimani netted from a cross on the left. Celebrations were cut short by the VAR, with the Algerian forward ruled to have handled the ball as he headed the ball in.
However, brilliant saves from Andre Onana denying Algeria victory also made the team stronger as Cameroon were playing with their backs to the wall following a 0-1 defeat in the first leg.
Cameroon, therefore, becomes the first African country to qualify for a record eight times in the FIFA World Cup. Cameroon, Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, and Tunisia are the five nations to represent Africa in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.