Though no official statement has been made, Eto’o appears to have hinted his teammates after the match that it was his last game with the national team. Eto’o did not return to the hotel with teammates after that game. Journalists anxiously waited in vain at the hotel to get confirmation from the Pichichi himself.
Eto’o is first on the list of attackers convened for training ahead of the Cameroon-Tunisia game billed for October 13 in Tunisia. Other attackers include WEBO Pierre Achille, ABOUBAKAR Oumarou, CHOUPO MOTING Eric, ZOUA Jacques, MOUKANDJO Benjamin, and OLINGA Fabrice. For the goalkeeper we have ITANDJE Charle, KAMENI carlos and NDJOCK Sammy. Defenders include NYOM Allan, NOUNKEU Dany, NKOULOU Nicolas, CHEDJOU Aurelien, KANA-BIYIK Jean-Armel, BONG Gaetan and BEDIMO Henri. The midfielders include MBIA Stéphane, EYONG Enoh, MAKOUN II Jean, MATIP Joel, LOE Raoul Cédric, NGUEMO Landry, SONG Alexandre and SALLI Edgar. Meanwhile the following players are on the waiting list: NDY ASSEMBE Roland, BAGNACK Frank, DONGOU Jean Marie, ABOUBAKAR Vincent and IDRISSOU Mohamadou.
FIFA Threatens to Ban Tunisia from International Play, Local Federation Says
FIFA has reportedly threatened to ban all Tunisian football teams and players from international play should government “interference” in the Tunisian Football Federation (French acronym FTF) continue, according to a FTF spokesperson.“If the ministry insists on its decision, our teams will be banned from African participation, our players will be banned from playing foreign teams, and our national team will be banned from participation in the World Cup,” Nabil Daboussi, FTF spokesperson, told radio station Mosaique FM.
The international football governing body, according to Daboussi, refused a request by Tarek Dhiabe, Minister of Sports and Youth, to dissolve the FTF, which governs all Tunisian football, following the September 7 loss to Cape Verde.
Dhiabe, according to HuffPost Maghreb, requested in writing that FIFA dissolve FTF, which his ministry is not empowered to do, and has said that all FTF members should resign for their failure.
FIFA reportedly sent Daboussia a copy of the ministry’s request along with FIFA’s response, which threatened penalties if ministry’s interference with the FTF persists, according to an interview Daboussi gave with radio station Mosaique FM on Tuesday.
FIFA reportedly cited rules “stipulating that any interference on the ministry’s part in any sports body will lead to serious repercussions, namely the exclusion of all local actors from international participation,” Daboussi said in the same interview.
The Tunisian national team was harshly criticized following its 2-0 loss to Cape Verde, a small West African country. The loss appeared to eliminate Tunisia from World Cup qualification, and the team’s manager resigned after the game.
Tunisia, however, was retroactively declared the winner after Cape Verde was penalized for fielding an ineligible player. A new manager, Ruud Krol of Holland, was also appointed. Tunisia will play Cameroon in the final round of World Cup qualifying on October 13.