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Ex-Cameroon Striker, Eto’o Targets Football Federation Presidency

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Samuel Eto’o is running in December’s election for the presidency of the Cameroon football federation, the former Barcelona star said on Wednesday.

The role as football chief in the country set to host January’s Africa Cup of Nations became vacant when the incumbent Seidou Mbombo Njoya saw his tenure cancelled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Eto’o had supported Mbomo’s election campaign, but two years after his retirement from playing the 40-year-old says his passion for the game is driving him back.

“I am honoured and pleased to announce my candidacy for the Presidency of the Cameroon Football Federation. After careful considerations, I have decided to take this initiative out of love for Cameroon and passion for our football,” Eto’o said on social media.

“It would be an honour to be at the service of the establishment that has bestowed upon me all the accolades I’ve received so far.

“Waiting is not an option. It is time to rebuild our football. We can no longer delay the revamping of our number one sport because the rest of the world is moving on; it is progressing without us.”

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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen’s Failure To Change Tactics Behind Super Eagles’ Loss To Tunisia, Says NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is not happy with the elimination of the Super Eagles from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The football house feel its Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, who acted as interim head coach at the tournament in Cameroon, could have fielded a different team and tactics against Tunisia.

Nigerian won its first three games at the AFCON against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, playing expansive football with reliance on wing play from Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze.

However, the Tunisians found a way to shut down Simon and Chukwueze, winning 1-0 in the round of 16.

“We can’t be predictable for three consecutive matches straight up,” a senior NFF official told ESPN in a not-so-veiled criticism of Eguavoen.

“We ought to have changed tactics and even personnel to surprise them, too.

“Everyone was too heartbroken to have straight thoughts. But now, we have to maintain our heads, be stable, and focus on making the best decision for Nigeria.”

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Bayern Munich Remain My Toughest Opponent, Says Haaland

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Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, has named Bayern Munich as the toughest team he has ever played against

Haaland has faced off against some of the world’s best teams in his career for both clubs and country so far.

But the 21-year-old insisted that he has never won against Bayern Munich, adding that he has lost seven times against the Bundesliga champions.

“I never won against Bayern Munich, so I probably have to say Bayern,” Haaland told ESPN when asked to name the toughest team he has played against.

“I think I played six times against them, six or seven times, I lost every game,” the Norway international added.

Haaland joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020.

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Egypt Will Emerge AFCON 2021 Champions, Salah Predicts

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Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah, has backed Egypt to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

The Egyptian captain said the Pharaohs would give everything to win the 2021 AFCON trophy in Cameroon.

Salah said this after leading his team to qualify for the AFCON quarter-final.

Egypt defeated Ivory Coast 5-4 on a penalty shootout in the AFCON round of 16 encounter this week to qualify for the last-8.

Carlos Queiroz’s men will now take on Morocco in the AFCON last-8 on Sunday.

“Of course, I want to win something with the national team. It is my country, which I love the most. This trophy for me would be completely different, would be the closest to my heart,” Salah said at his post-match press conference after Egypt defeated Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

“We were close before to win this African Cup [in 2017], we gave it everything, but we were not lucky to win it. But it is ok, now we’re here in the new one.

“We have to fight for it, we’ve to give everything to win it and I am sure the players have the same feeling.”

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