Chelsea striker Eto'o quit the Cameroon national team before facing Tunisia in their World Cup qualifier, only to expectedly return for the all-important playoff without missing a game.
Then before this weekends match he claimed teammates didn't want him to score amid a conspiracy not to pass to him.
Even though the former Barcelona star didn't score one of the four goals, he set aside his differences to celebrate Cameroon's qualification for the Fifa 2014 World Cup.
"We’ve all understood that when there’s communion between the team and public, we can do great thinks. It was difficult but we made it. We had much pressure on our shoulders after the match in Tunisia. The recipe for success is hard work. There’s no magic in football; if you work hard, you can succeed and this afternoon the Lions have done well," Eto'o told the media in Cameroon.
The striker's comments about his teammates is vital to heal wounds and build bridges in what was a divided Cameroon camp that coach Volke Finke struggled to control but eventually pulled through.
"We played collectively. The coach did his job and withstanding popular pressure, he reinstated Achille Webo on the attack line. I congratulate Webo for his match. I equally congratulate Moukandjo for his wonderful goal and for being able to withstand the pressure at his young age. Alex Song, the boss at the midfield and Jean II Makoun were equal to themselves," said Eto'o.
Cameroon now has a renewed sense of belief as qualification could help the team focus toward their common goal in Brazil. Eto'o stamped home the teams target, after being inspired by Ghana's run to the quarter-final in South Africa 2010.
"From tomorrow, we have to start working towards the World Cup, and why not become the surprise of this World Cup, just as Ghana was in the past. It’s a good dream but it can be realised," said Eto'o.