Cameroon’s Choupo Moting: We are missing Samuel Eto’o

The Mainz 05 striker says the Indomitable Lions have not been the same since the suspension of the former captain, who is missed by the players

Mainz striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting says that Cameroon's players are missing their former captain Samuel Eto’o, who is serving an eight-month suspension following a match boycott in November 2011.

The 23-year-old German-born player, who switched allegiance to Cameroon in 2010, told reporters at the weekend after the Indomitable Lions’ unimpressive lone goal victory against Guinea Bissau in 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying that the absence of the four-time African football of the year has left a big space within the outfit.

“We are all missing Eto’o. We used to have a very good time with him before his suspension and the team was in good shape, but now you can feel that somebody is not there. We’re really missing him,” Choupo-Moting said.

“I used to score goals through his assists. The setup used to do wonderful things with him. We miss him and we need him,” he said.

Cameroon coach Denis Lavagne is still facing criticism from local editorialists, officials and former footballers following the team’s lacklustre performances of late, with local supporters publicly calling for the return of the Anzhi Makhachkala star.