Samuel Eto’o, the Qatar 2022 World Cup Legacy Ambassador, believes that an African country will reach the final four of the upcoming World Cup in the Middle East.
“African countries participating in the World Cup have a good chance of going far. Every country enters the tournament with the goal of winning; all five African countries, including Ghana’s Black Stars, have a chance.”
Speaking on TV3 over the weekend, Eto’o, who was in the country for a two-day working visit to spread the word about the upcoming World Cup, said he wants African players to have a good time while also giving a good account of themselves.
“The Qatar World Cup will be unique, and I hope that one of the African countries will be the last to exit.”
Despite failing to identify a single country that he believes will carry the African flag high at the soccer showpiece, the four-time African footballer of the year believes that African countries can achieve a lot with a little effort at the tournament.
He discussed Qatar’s readiness to host the World Cup, noting that they were ready to host the rest of the world as long as two years ago. “Qatar was ready for the World Cup two years ago, and anyone who goes to Qatar for the World Cup will have a tournament of a lifetime.”
According to him, the World Cup’s relocation to Qatar is one of the best things that has happened to the tournament to date, and he was pleased with Ghana’s qualification and Ghanaians’ enthusiasm for the tournament as a Qatar Legacy Ambassador.
While rallying behind the Black Stars, he encouraged fans to come and experience a World Cup unlike any other.
“Fans filling those stadiums out there and cheering on their players is one of the most beautiful things players can wish for at such a tournament, and I urge Ghanaian and African fans to come out in force and cheer their countries to victory,” he said.
Former Cameroonian footballer Eto’o shared his thoughts on former players coaching their countries to the World Cup, saying the phenomenon was fantastic and should be encouraged in the future.