Cameroon football legend, Samuel Eto’o Fils, is the latest high profile personality to visit the intermediate lions, 48 hours to the kick-off of the sixth edition of the African Nations Championship.
The intermediate lions will play Zimbabwe on Saturday evening, in the competitions opener at the yaounde Omnisport Stadium.
During one of their training sessions this Thursday at the Annex of the Olembe Stadium, Martin Ndtougou Mpile from the former FC Barcelona goal poacher, who gave words of encouragement to his Junior ones.
Eto’o told Banga Bindjeme and his teammates that playing in front of the home crowd should be extra motivation to them.
“I have played with them, Eto’o said, pointing at Jacques Zoua and Yannick N’Djeng. They met me at the national team. I was all the best because I believed that I was the best. I was confident that I was the best. Each and everyone of you is the best. But now you have some finals in front of you. On Saturday when you step into the stadium, it is to win. Every match is a final, you need to win”
“You have the chance to play in front your parents, your brothers and your wife’s. I envy you guys”, the former indomitable lions forward to the auxiliary lions.
Samuel Eto’o, now 39, accumulated 118 caps for Cameroon’s indomitable lions during his career, and currently the all time top scorer in the history of the Cameroon national football team. His visit to the lions den is timely and will serve as a moral boaster to Ndtougou Mpile’s side.
Martin Ndtougou Mpile and his boys have previously had visits from former lions like 1990 world cup Legend, Albert Roger Mila, Stéphane Mbia, Idris Carlos Kameni and current lions shot stopper, Andre Onana.
The intermediate lions have continued to fine tune preparations, ahead of their group A opener against Zimbabwe on Saturday. It will be the lions fourth appearance at the African Nations Championship, and the second time Ndtougou Mpile is leading the team to a major continental rendezvous.
Their best performance in the competitions till date was a quarter final finish in 2011 and 2016. The lions now believe that this is the glorious chance for them to grab the most coveted trophy, on home soil.