The former goalkeeper of the Indomitable Lions believes that Mbia was sidelined because he would have denounced the fishy operation of the selection.
Joseph-Antoine Bell has his own ideas on the crises that punctuate the last years players of the national football selection of Cameroon. The former goalkeeper of the Indomitable Lions on Sunday said on Equinoxe TV that the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), is the cause of the strife recorded in the den. He cites the examples of Samuel Eto’o Fils, the former captain, who was strongly opposed by Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong.
Stephane Mbia Etoundi who took over the “Pichichi” is also considered one of his opponents. “Every day, you see these leaders pushing players against each other and which made someone like Alexandre Song to finally miss his career because he has used up against Eto’o. And also, they used Mbia to tell Eto’o that he was too old, and that he had to leave, “believes Joseph-Antoine Bell.
He also adds that Mbia will in turn be a victim of those he calls his sponsors of yesterday. “He recovered the captain band. But immediately, once he was captain, perhaps, in his captain position, maybe he now sees all things clearly. Perhaps, with his Chinese money, he is emancipated and has seen a lot fairer and started talking differently. And what did they do? They bring the youngest, Vincent Aboubakar to tell him something like….but in fact: “What do you really play?“.
He concludes that “the sidelining of Stephane Mbia has much more in it.” According to Bell, this is a method that has always existed. He says that it is because he fought against it in the days when he played, that the players were a little better treated at that time. Acts according to him devalued by FECAFOOT of which he has continued to denounce for decades. “But they tell them that I’ve embittered them, I’m old, that I can’t help them. It’s always at the end of their careers they realize that I defend football and that I defended them, when they were put out by using younger ones to say that they are old, “said Bell.