Eto'o in line for Cameroon return after lengthy ban

The 31-year-old striker's ban from the Indomitable Lions may be over after the country's Prime Minister personally asked for his return with African Cup of Nations berth at stake.

Samuel Eto’o’s exile from the Cameroon national side appears to be over after an intervention from the country’s Prime Minister.

The Anzhi Makhachkala striker was banned for eight months after organizing a players’ revolt against the Cameroon Football Federation over issues regarding appearance fees.

It looks as though the suspension is over, though, after Prime Minister Philemon Yang personally asked the former Barcelona man to return to the squad as its place in the 2013 African Cup of Nations hangs in the balance.

“The head of state has taken the situation personally and has given us instructions,” said Cameroon coach Jean-Paul Akono. “We then met in a working session to pave the way forward and all is fine. For now he's OK, but he could still miss out because of injury. We will keep our fingers crossed and await the final days leading up to the game."

Cameroon trails Cape Verde 2-0 from the first leg of the final qualifying round, and Eto’o's return to the Indomitable Lions is tentatively slated for the second leg in Yaounde on Oct. 13.

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