YAOUNDE — Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, has reversed his decision to retire from international football, pledging on Tuesday to join up with Cameroon for next week’s 2014 World Cup Africa play-off in Tunisia.
Last month, the record four-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award told his Cameroon teammates he was quitting the national team.
His U-turn will be welcome news to the Indomitable Lions who face Tunisia in Rades on October 13 followed by the return leg in Yaounde on November 17.
“You can have all the problems in the world, but you have to see out your mission,” the 32-year-old told Cameroon State radio.
“And this time, it’s to join my teammates in Tunisia and return with a good result.”
He was expected to link up with the national squad in the French Cote d’Azur resort of Nice yesterday to prepare for the match.
Eto’o made his debut for Cameroon, who are out to secure their seventh participation at a World Cup finals, in 1997.
He has regularly disagreed with Cameroon coaches and his initial retirement may have been linked to the selections of present incumbent Volker Finke.
The German reportedly ignored calls from Eto’o to start with goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and striker Achille Webo against the Libyans in their final group qualifying match. Eto’o still played and from his corner they scored the only goal of the game to progress to the play-offs.
Shortly after that Eto’o announced he was retiring from international football.