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Eto'o snubs Cameroon recall

  • Reuters, Monday, August 27, 2012 1:22 PM

Citing "amateurism and bad management" in the Cameroon national team setup, striker Samuel Eto'o has turned down a chance to play for his country eight months after being suspended for leading a players' strike over unpaid bonuses.

Eto'o, 31, was recalled last week for an Africa Cup of Nations first-round qualifier against Cape Verde Islands on Sept. 8. The two-leg series between Cameroon and Cape Verde Islands will decide a place at the 2013 finals in South Africa. The return leg is in Yaounde in October.

Eight months ago, a friendly in Algeria was canceled after Eto'o led a protest and demanded the bonuses be paid. The four-time African Player of the Year has played for Cameroon more than 100 times, and in a letter posted on his Web site he reiterated his stance regarding the federation's policies and procedures.

"I regret to inform you I've decided not to participate in any game with the national team since the flaws I kept denouncing as a captain have not been solved," Eto'o wrote. "The national team environment is still made up of amateurism and bad management which do not suit the requirements for high-level sport."

The former Inter Milan and Barcelona striker plays for Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala.

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