The pride of AFCON host city Douala
Eto’o finished his vocation as one of the best African footballers ever yet it was in the city of Douala in Cameroon that he previously made his name.
Samuel Eto’o left for Europe to become one of the best African footballers ever yet it was in the city of Douala in Cameroon that he previously made his name and where occupants keep on venerating the previous Barcelona hotshot.
Cameroon’s monetary capital is a boisterous and turbulent port city, hot and muggy.
It is here that the country’s Dauntless Lions will confront The Gambia in the Africa Cup of Countries (AFCON) quarter-finals on Saturday as Cameroon come to Douala without precedent for the competition having played their past matches in Yaounde.
Eto’o, who likewise featured for Entomb Milan and wore the number nine for his nation, moved to Douala with his family from the capital as a young man.
He was brought up in an unexceptional house on a dusty road in New Ringer, a ruined region where local people are quite glad to discuss the one who set their area up for life.
“He grew up here yet he was honored by God,” said Valentine, a 49-year-old cook protecting from the searing mid-evening sun directly across the road from the Eto’o family house.
“Eto’o has helped a many individuals around here. As of late he returned here and laid on nourishment for everybody in New Ringer.”
Just along the road is a bar where the outside walls are improved with photos of the four-time African Footballer of the Year.
Close by, the moto-taxis that can make exploring the roads an unsafe undertaking pass before a sculpture of Eto’o in the green, yellow and red of Cameroon, with whom he won the AFCON in 2000 and 2002.
Eto’o was only 20 when he drove the Dauntless Lions to that second mainland title and it would be an additional two years before he finished paperwork for Barcelona and collaborated with players including Ronaldinho and an exceptionally youthful Lionel Messi.