Police escort Eto’o as Cameroon falter
Cameroon skipper Samuel Eto’o needed police escort out of a packed 45,000-capacity Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde drew a must-win Nations Cup qualifier against Senegal Saturday.
Angry fans were ready for a showdown with the Indomitable Lions after they drew 0-0 with group leaders Senegal at home to put Cameroon’s chances of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea hanging by a thread.
Eto’o missed a dying minute penalty that would have given Cameroon the much-needed three points, but otherwise he was the best Cameroonian player on parade as he came close several times to score with Senegal goalkeeper Bouna Coumdoul outstanding.
The heavily armed police also accompanied the team right to their hotel to ensure their safety. Eto’o was also at the centre of more drama when he openly disagreed with the decision of coach Javier Clemente to replace debutant Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Senegal suffered three expulsions. Coach Amara Traore was sent to the stands in the 75th minute, Lamine Sane saw red in the 90th minute and two minutes into stoppage time Isiar Dia also got his marching orders.
However, despite these setbacks Senegal held on to stay top of Group E with 10 points from four matches. Cameroon are in second spot with five points, but could be pushed back to third place should DR Congo win Sunday at the Comoros Islands.
The Indomitable Lions departed Cameroon Saturday night for Austria, where they will take on Russia in a friendly on Tuesday.