By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Former Indomitable Lions gaffer, Hugo Henry Broos has admitted he resisted the temptation to turn to Samuel Eto’o for goals in his time as a head coach of the five times African champions.
Speaking in a recent interview with www.kick442.com, the 68-year-old Belgian manager whose stint as coach of Cameroon was characterized by a complete overhaul of the Cameroon national selection has revealed that legendary striker Samuel Eto’o Fils was still very productive in most parts of his time in the Den, he decided against trying to convince the record man to come out of retirement because of the players huge charisma and his plans to trust youths.
Quizzed about whether he tried to convince Eto’o to come out of retirement, Broos gave an interesting response;
“The group was very important, more important than an individual. Also Eto’o had too much influence on players, media supporters, even on some coaches. Off course he was a successful player who had retired. I didn’t want to have the confrontation with him beause I couldn’t win it. So decided not to try to convince him or select him and to give chances to younger talented players,” coach Hugo Broos told kick442.com
Coach Hugo Broos arrived Cameroon in February 2016, two years after Samuel Eto’o had retired from international football, but still, ‘firing’ the goals abroad with Turkish side, Antalyaspor. Eto’o was the club’s record top scorer in the league at the time, with Broos in search of the right front-man as he tried Christian Bekamenga, Jacques Zoua, Ndip Tambe Robert amongst others.
In the end, Broos principle of giving the youths the chance gave Cameroon’s biggest surprised football gift in the 2017 AFCON tournament in Gabon with a happy Samuel Eto’o watching from the stands.
That success was Cameroon’s fifth in the tournament and the country’s first in 15 years.
Broos finally left the Cameroon job in 2018 without convincing Eto’o to come back, but with a trophy that has written a super story about him in the hearts of many Cameroonians.
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