Samuel Eto’o has thanked Ian Wright for his fanatic defense of the continent Cup of states once the Arsenal legend branded abundant of the pre-tournament coverage as being ‘tinged with racism.
The 24-team tournament kicks off on January 9 and, as always, will showcase the talent of some of the greatest players in world football. Premier League powers Liverpool and Arsenal will be well represented with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all set to play for their country.
Wright, now a BBC expert, said coverage of the tournament and the issue of releasing players during the European season contrasted sharply with the way Euro 2020 was treated.
‘Is there ever a tournament more disrespected than the Africa Cup of Nations,’ Wright said on Instagram.
‘There is no greater honour than representing your country. The coverage is completely tinged with racism.
‘We played our Euros across 10 countries in the middle of a pandemic and there’s no issue at all. But Cameroon, a single country hosting a tournament, is a problem.
‘There are players getting asked if they will be honouring the call-ups to their national teams. Imagine if that was an England player representing the Three Lions. Can you imagine the furore?’
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Wright added that he was against asking players if they intend to play for their country, as was the case with Ajax and Ivory Coast striker Sebastien Haller earlier this week. They will honor the invitations to their national teams. Imagine if it was an English player representing the Three Lions. Can you imagine the fury?
Wright’s enthusiast was noted by Samuel Eto’o, probably the best allTime African footballer, and now the current Boss of the Cameroon Football Federation.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Respect Ian Wright! There’s no greater honour for a sportsperson than representing your country.
‘The Africa Cup of Nations is a celebration of African pride, and next week’s AFCON will once more prove the undeniable greatness of African Players.’
Respect @IanWright0 🙏🏿 There’s no greater honour for a sportsperson than representing your country. The Africa Cup of Nations is a celebration of African pride, and next week’s AFCON will once more prove the undeniable greatness of African Players. pic.twitter.com/HpvekGwBdH
— Samuel Eto’o (@SamuelEtoo) December 30, 2021