By Etienne Mainimo, Sports writer
“Our journalists should have faith in African talent. If you cannot back them then there is little chance they will win awards such as the ballon d’or,” Eto’o said.
Samuel Eto’o made the statement during an interaction with journalists on Friday, December 18 via zoom from Qatar.
Eto’o is touring the Asian country that will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup following an invitation by the tournament’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy as part of the preparations to officially open the Al Rayyan stadium.
He was speaking a day after Robert Lewandoski was named FIFA Men’s Player of the Year 2020.
It is about a year after Sadio Mane of Senegal surprisingly emerged fourth at the 2019 ballon d’or awards ceremony.
Besides urging journalists, Eto’o also called on African governments and football administrators to prepare their national teams for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“But it is a different story when they play for the national teams because they prepare well. You know the challenges (these teams face). I can tell you every player wants to play for his national team and some of them sacrifice a lot. But how are the preparations like? That is where we need to work on if we are to progress to the latter stages of the World Cup,” Nairobi News reported.