Former Cameroon football star, Samuel Eto’o, praised Riyad Mahrez, the much-talented striker of Manchester City, as well as Moroccan football star Hakim Ziyech, the Ajax Amsterdam player, by describing them as “the pride” of the African continent.
Samuel Eto’o also spoke about the golden opportunities of his former team Inter Milan with whom he won the Serie A League title and the Italian Cup, as well as the European League Championship.
In an interview with “Al-Arabi Al-JadId” news outlet, Samuel Eto’o spoke about the Algerian football star, Riyad Mahrez, and the period he is going through with his English team Manchester City, saying in this regard: “Mahrez is currently considered one of the biggest players at the global level, and we are very fortunate that the African continent possesses an amazing football player like him”.
Eto’o added,“I hope that Mahrez’s dream will not only stop being the best African player, but also receiving the Golden Ball award”.
Regarding the “marginalization” of Riyad Mahrez at the hands of the coach of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, the former FC Barcelona striker said: “The coach gets a salary in order to make decisions, and the player must train and comply with it, when I was a player I was also a victim of those decisions, because the coach in the end is required to be decisive in his decisions,” adding:“ We hope to see Mahrez play more with his team, because he is an African like us, and also because he is a very big football player, but the final decision is up to the head coach”.
Concerning the transfer of Moroccan football star Hakim Ziyech to the Chelsea FC team, the Cameroonian star expressed his happiness with that, and said in this connection: “I congratulate him a lot on that, Africa will be represented again more at the high level”.
As for his former team, Inter Milan, and the chances of him obtaining the title “Scudetto” this season, Eto’o said: “Inter Milan can win the Italian league title, and can be crowned with the European Champions cup as well, why not?”.
Samuel Eto’o stated to this effect: “Inter Milan is a great team and has great fans, and I still dream about living those enticing moments that I spent with them in the past”.