Oct 8, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT
Following his country’s 1-0 victory over Libya on September 8th, the Chelsea striker told his Cameroon teammates that he was retiring from international football because he had “personal issues to resolve.”
Eto’o made the decision after refusing to train during the week leading up to the Libya match following a dispute with German coach Volker Finke over the team to play.
After Cameroon won Group I and booked their place in the decisive African World Cup playoffs (set for October and November), Finke said: “Samuel Eto’o is a great player and it is better that he should be the one to explain things. He is the only one who can explain why he took the decision.”
Now it appears that the decision has weighed enough on the long-standing captain as he is set to link up with his fellow countrymen in France ahead of their weekend playoff match in Tunisia on Sunday.
“It is the wish of the country’s number one person that I should come back to the national team so that we should do everything and work hard for Cameroon to qualify for the next World Cup,” he said after a meeting with the Secretary-General at Cameroon’s Presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, who received him on behalf of President Paul Biya.
“So I will do everything to make sure I meet up with my team mates in France,” he said.
It seems Finke called Eto’o’s bluff on the decision to retire as the manager selected the striker even before his decision to make the u-turn.
The second leg of Cameroon’s playoff with Tunisia will be played on November 17th in Yaounde.
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