Cameroon striker Jacques Zoua has given his blessings to Samuel Eto’o to a be a coach of the Indomitable Lions in future.
Currently playing his football for Romanian top flight side Astra Giurgiu, striker Jacques Zoua has given his blessings to legendary Cameroon and African striker Samuel Eto’o to takeover the coaching job of the national team of Cameroon.
Eto’o played for Cameroon 118times and scored 56goals winning two African Cup of Nations and becoming the competition’s highest goal scorer of all times with 18goals. Eto’o has made his intentions clear to become a manager at the end of his career. Currently playing for Qatari club Qatar SC, Eto’o is also taking his coaching badges.
With a rich playing career for Mallorca, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, Konyaspor and now Qatar SC, Eto’o has played the game at the highest level.
He has played under the best coaches like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
Eto’o is a strong advocate for the fact that former African players should be given a chance to coach their national teams.
Nigeria and now Senegal with Aliou Cisse in charge have shown the example that African coaches have what it takes to succeed at the top.
Eto’o has already had a coaching experience at Antalyaspor when he was appointed player manager replacing the sacked Yusuf Simsek. He lost his first four games but he steadied the ship later.
Zoua thinks that the 38 years old Eto’o has what it takes to succeed.
“He could be a good coach for the national team and it could be a good idea”
Zoua also mentioned the fact that Eto’o has played for the team and knows all the problems that are associated with the team and he knows the possible solutions.
Looking at the current coaching staff of the Indomitable Lions, Eto’o will have little or nothing to envy from them in terms of the career he had as a player, but he certainly has the knowledge of African football, haven been a legend himself in Africa and understands the African context perfectly, which is not the case with Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert.
Eto represented Cameroon Cameroon in the 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.
He was also a key player for Cameroon’s Sidney Olympic gold winning teams and the Cameroon team that played the finals of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup.
He might be ‘out’ of the Indomitable Lions set-up for now but it will not be long before one day he gets the chance to manage arguably Africa’s strongest and most successful football nation.