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Cameroon soccer star Samuel Eto'o lashes out at reporter

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o gets a little touchy when reporters question his plays. (AFP)

Journalists: Beware of questioning the performance of Cameroonian international soccer superstar Samuel Eto'o on the field. The act could result in a head butt--as reporter Philippe Boney experienced in 2008--or in rough words, as a Senegalese reporter experienced in a postgame press conference on Saturday. 

That day, Cameroon's Indomitable Lions lost to Senegal's Lions 1­0 in a qualifier match for the 2012 African Nations Cup in what observers considered an upset. In the postgame press conference in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, Moussa Tandian, a local correspondent for leading Cameroonian independent broadcaster Equinoxe, asked the 30­year­old striker and team captain whether he thought the disappointing performance meant that the golden era of his generation of players had passed.

The answer came with contempt as Eto'o lashed out at Tandian while the cameras were rolling. "I'm rather surprised, dear brother, because you are making yourself noticed negatively," Eto'o said. "You should rather think about excusing yourself." Eto'o told the journalist he should "thank" Cameroonian players for their performance. "I think that you are not Cameroonian," he went on. "I will speak to your boss at Equinoxe because you don't deserve to work for this wonderful channel." He went on to say he was struggling to make Cameroon and Africa proud before questioning the motives of critical journalists. "You journalists, certain journalists like you, you who do not want Africa to advance, you who do not want Cameroon to advance, you are always negative, try to change a little," he said, as he pointed to Tandian.

Eto'o later apologized to Tandian, according to Théophile Biamou, a top executive for Equinoxe. "There are no bad questions," Biamou said to CPJ after the apology. "There are rather bad answers."

A video of the exchange has already registered more than 10,000 views since it was posted on YouTube on Tuesday. 


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I am a Cameroonian residing in the diaspora,and have gone through the press conference in Darkar Senegal with Eto'o going crazy against a stupid question that the Equinoxe reporter asked him.
Most silly individuals will never figure out the importance of and the greatness of this great player(Eto'o Fils).What do you guys want this wonderful guy to do?This guy has given all he has and is still willing to give more to Cameroon;but every time,people (white and black )keep accusing him for not doing enough.The problem you guys have with the national team is lack of infrastructures and multiregional representation.How Many good soccer fields do we have in a country who's been the pillar of African soccer for decades.If we as Cameroonians begin to think of what we can do to improve the standards of the few fields we have as of now and ensure there's a balance of representation as far as recruitment,then over 92% of the problems facing that team will be automatically over.Finally, we need to hire a new second division coach from Europe or Brasil to oversee the construction of a new squad,under a two year emergency contract whereby,a serious tournament will be organized across the nation in 4 separate polls of North:8 teams,South:10 teams,East:8 teams and West:9 teams.They should play an away and return leg to see the best from each pole.In due course,all the matches that the new will not be physically present,should filmed and submitted to the coach and a panel of critics of his choosing for individual
performance assessments.That way,you can come up with three more powerful dependable squads.And that way,you guys will stop blaming Eto'o for nothing.He has been doing his best and he is still doing it.He cannot carry all the load and blames alone.DIVINE FOMBU

I am a Cameroonian residing in the diaspora,and have gone through the press conference in Darkar Senegal with Eto'o going crazy against a stupid question that the Equinoxe reporter asked him.
Most silly individuals will never figure out the importance of and the greatness of this great player(Eto'o Fils).What do you guys want this wonderful guy to do?This guy has given all he has and is still willing to give more to Cameroon;but every time,people (white and black )keep accusing him for not doing enough.The problem you guys have with the national team is lack of infrastructures and multiregional representation.How Many good soccer fields do we have in a country who's been the pillar of African soccer for decades.If we as Cameroonians begin to think of what we can do to improve the standards of the few fields we have as of now and ensure there's a balance of representation as far as recruitment,then over 92% of the problems facing that team will be automatically over.Finally, we need to hire a new second division coach from Europe or Brasil to oversee the construction of a new squad,under a two year emergency contract whereby,a serious tournament will be organized across the nation in 4 separate polls of North:8 teams,South:10 teams,East:8 teams and West:9 teams.They should play an away and return leg to see the best from each pole.In due course,all the matches that the new will not be physically present,should filmed and submitted to the coach and a panel of critics of his choosing for individual
performance assessments.That way,you can come up with three more powerful dependable squads.And that way,you guys will stop blaming Eto'o for nothing.He has been doing his best and he is still doing it.He cannot carry all the load and blames alone.DIVINE FOMBU

I have followed Tandian's famous interaction with Samuel Eto. Permit me say this; there is a problem with us journalists (because am one). We act all-knowing! all-arrogant! and all-brash, even when we are sometimes all-ignorant!!
Sometimes am tempted to think that we journalists always think that FREEDOM imply "freak attitude". If Tadian has been living next door to the Cameroon football industry, he would have known that the "GOLDEN GENERATION" of Cameroon's soccer 'died' long ago. Not the day Senegal beat Cameroon in Dakar.
Like Eto himself said, they are struggling to build a new generation. Why can't we give them a chance? There are issues that have stood on the way of Cameroonian football for decades now. These issues do not hang on the neck of the players. The necklaces of problems and disgrace are around the necks of the very corrupt officials who have successfully black-greased the image of the football enterprise in Cameroon over the years.
I will suggest therefore that Tadian should reserve his question and direct it to these officials when Senegal next visits Yoaunde for the return leg. That question was not meant for players just coming out of gruelling and exhausting game. Afterall, The USA beat Spain during the Confederation semi-final match in SA (warm up to the 2010 SA show), but this defeat did not stop Spain from coming back to win the World Cup a few months later Mr. Tadian. Thanks.

Wirsuiy Charles March 31, 2011 11:45:53 PM ET

I am happy to put down my small notes , I was ones a Victim while discharging my duties as journalist at dogo-na-Hauwa in plateau state of Nigeria,in west Africa. Cpj has played a very vital roles, in protecting me. Always work with cpj to withstand your integrity as journalist.

Dear all,
I am a journalist+publisher+trainer+editor+writer+film-maker etc. I carry with me more than 20 years of experience operating as a journalist in Cameroon or the Cameroons.
Now before the Committee to Protect Journalists rushes in with the understandable tendency to CRY WOLF..we should all pause to examine the modus operandi of some so-called journalists in the Cameroons. They are mercenaires, I say.
Let me just cite two examples before coming to this provocation from the EQUINOXE 'Journalist.'
1. Pick up the so-called 'Questionnaire' tabled by the Bibi Ngota posse to the Secretary General of the Presidency for which Bibi Ngota eventually died. Read that document again...Was this questionnaire from a journalist? Who trained him? Were thes questions or dire provocation?
2. The first time Samual Eto'o headbutted a journalist the issue was not the question asked but because the so-called journalist called him..an 'illiterate'. The name calling was because Eto'o had delayed dishing out some money. And, even then, Eto'o simply told the journalist to hold out and see the chap in charge of the corruption money later.
3. I am surprised that the CPJ is also into manipulation here..the issue was not about the end of a generation but..rather the fact that Eto'o was once again accused of giving more to his club Inter Milan than to the National team. In other words, Eto'o was unpatriotic or not patriotic enough.
CPJ do halt your misinformation and address the real issue ie the training of these mercenaries passing around for journalists in the Cameroons.
Kind Regards
Ntemfac A. N. Ofege
237 77 86 12 00

Dear all,
I am a journalist+publisher+trainer+editor+writer+film-maker etc. I carry with me more than 20 years of experience operating as a journalist in Cameroon or the Cameroons.
Now before the Committee to Protect Journalists rushes in with the understandable tendency to CRY WOLF..we should all pause to examine the modus operandi of some so-called journalists in the Cameroons. They are mercenaires, I say.
Let me just cite two examples before coming to this provocation from the EQUINOXE 'Journalist.'
1. Pick up the so-called 'Questionnaire' tabled by the Bibi Ngota posse to the Secretary General of the Presidency for which Bibi Ngota eventually died. Read that document again...Was this questionnaire from a journalist? Who trained him? Were thes questions or dire provocation?
2. The first time Samual Eto'o headbutted a journalist the issue was not the question asked but because the so-called journalist called him..an 'illiterate'. The name calling was because Eto'o had delayed dishing out some money. And, even then, Eto'o simply told the journalist to hold out and see the chap in charge of the corruption money later.
3. I am surprised that the CPJ is also into manipulation here..the issue was not about the end of a generation but..rather the fact that Eto'o was once again accused of giving more to his club Inter Milan than to the National team. In other words, Eto'o was unpatriotic or not patriotic enough.
CPJ do halt your misinformation and address the real issue ie the training of these mercenaries passing around for journalists in the Cameroons.
Kind Regards
Ntemfac A. N. Ofege
237 77 86 12 00

Eto'o i love you ok

It is with much regret to hear some of our elder brothers that we hold in high esteem react this way. I mean Ntemfac Ofege. He seem to make us know that he is no more a practising journalist but at the same time appears to be more in the field than those who are going through the woes of dictatorial regimes like ours to serve news on the table of the public. I wish to find out whether in his academy journalists are not trained to ask questions.What is bad in the question that the Equinoxe journalis posed to Eto? I wish to invite him to join the CPJ in their struggle against dictators who are on the nerves of journalists rather than staying behind to hang on claims that he does not master the role of CPJ as advocates of press freedom.Can he tell us why why colleagues of Bibi Ngota were relaesed after his demise without formal trial. Harris Myntia and Serge Saboung are out today and questions are still rife why they were not prosecuted.
Please our elder brother should stop venturing into an activity that he dumped for reasons best known to him.
He raised the issue of Eto,o Fils and Boney Philippe as if he was infront of Hilton when that event took place. He gives the impression that Bonney insulted Eto,o which earned him a head butt. Only abnormal people will use unproportionate force to resolve minor issues like insults if at all he was insulted as an ilitrate and till date he is not one. , Eto;s act according to Cameroonian penal code was an asault and he was suposed to find himself somwhere in Kondengui if middlemen like Expired Sport Minister Mbarga Mboa did not mediate .
Ntemfacis an elder that I respect so much for his bravery in the eary nineties and do hope he is not using his training to discourage young and daring journalists who are fighting to hold those governing us to account. He should join CPJ I say agin in their fight for press freedom.

Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus
Secretary General CAMASEJ Yaounde Branch
Tel.(237)77326546
April 6;2011

Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus April 6, 2011 9:10:55 AM ET

It is with regret that we still have to waste time arguing who is right or wrong.The journalist has right to information, that we know.But how do you "ask for information" is what we should be talking about.Objectivity is the least we expect from every professional journalist.What would you expect if you throw a lawn tennis ball with all your might against a wall and you can catch the re-bounce then it hits your eye;Who would you blame? the ball or the wall? I say no one but yourself.We should learn to accept responsibility for what we say or do.We call others dictators when we try to force our own subjectivity on others.

Now what I ask myself is according to Théophile Biamou, "a top executive for Equinoxe". If he says "There are no bad questions...There are rather bad answers." mean that journalist are correct all the time? and only respondents could be wrong some times? I really wonder!

Well by now most journalist should be aware of Eto'o's relationship style with the media, and should know "you shouldn't enter a defecation competition with an elephant" goes an African proverb. I think this article is just another warning.It is clearly stated in line 1 paragraph 1 "Journalists: Beware of questioning the performance of Cameroonian international soccer superstar Samuel Eto'o on the field"

Looking at the arguments from two journalist on this blog one attempts an analysis and another is being defensive.The former proves maturity in questioning and challenging professionalism while the later struggles to affirm and assert a status of a fighter in the profession.I must say both have an input in the evolution of the profession but the manner of approach still shaky.

In all we do in life we can't afford to lose sight of the golden rule "Do unto others what you expect others to do unto you" our basic moral principle.
kind regards.

Njioh Amanaka Ekolo April 9, 2011 8:24:45 PM ET

Hi every one out there,in anything that we do or say, we should ask ourselfs questions before we carry on.I think good football teams lies on a good management and good relationship amoung players , with cameroon is not about golden generation or not ,cameroon still have good players that can do well but players are not in good terms with each other, and for ETO'O is just a human and he has done so well for cameroon than any other player .For our journalist they should know how to encorrage our stars than asking wrong questions at wrong time.let's not been attaking indivudals in our questions in pretext of asking questions.The EQUNOXE jounalist knows what he did and surely GOD one day will jurdge.Thanks God bless Africa and our stars.

The Cameroonian soccer ace had even got a little violent both verbally and physically. Pointed questions that were asked to the footballer got shocking responses from him be it a spate of not so nice words directed towards a reporter from Senegal who had dares question his performance in a press conference on Saturday or a head butt directed towards reporter Philippe Boney way back in 2008 when he was in a similar predicament.

merci etoo pour ton foot grace a toi le monde parle encore une fois du foot camerounais