On the eve of his first game as a starter in his new club, Besiktas Istanbul, the Cameroonian footballer spoke of his illustrious elder in these terms: “He is like a father to me and all the young Cameroonian players of my generation, everyone likes him in Cameroon“.
We can call it a change of tone, or a turnaround. For Vincent Aboubakar is the man who, in February 2014, found that Samuel Eto’o was already correct for retiring from international football. “We can not play for the national team for up to 50 years“, said the former player of Cotton Sport of Garoua at the microphone of a French television channel. “I consider him like any other player of the team,” continued the player, then an associate of the French club Lorient.
At the time, critics had felt moved them about the striker. A colleague wrote elsewhere about it: “(…) for those who know the atmosphere in the den, Vincent Aboubakar has always felt that if he did not play, it was because Samuel Eto’o did not want him. And in a meeting in Yaounde, he did not fail to throw some words to the captain of the Lions, “Your time is up, now it’s ours.” And at that time he was not yet even the flamboyant striker of Lorient. This means that Vincent Aboubakar did not wait to bulk up in Lorient to demand more consideration. “
One might be tempted to think that the latest statements of Aboubakar about Eto’o marked a return to wisdom.