Did Samuel Eto’o overdo it? Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz certainly feels the Cameroon legend acted out of line by saying the AFCON 2021 semi-final will be war.
As Futaa reported on Thursday, Eto’o was captured on video addressing the Indomitable Lions in the most emotional mode we’ve ever seen him.
The Barcelona legend told the players that the match against Egypt will be war and they should therefore approach it as such.
"Everything you've done, you need to capitalise on it. Prepare yours, because it will be a war, my guys, a war,” Eto’o shouted.
“That's how you have to get fired up for this one, a war."
Queiroz has since come across the video, and he is not impressed at all. The Mozambican-born coach said war is a serious issue and suggested CAF to take action against Eto’o.
"It's an unfortunate comment and a very bad message to the people of Cameroon," he said in a press conference on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
"I think he forgot that Cameroonian people died at the stadium several days ago, and so making this declaration of war before one game shows that he learned nothing from his time in professional football.
"It was a very, very unfortunate comment because football is not about war, it's about celebration, joy and happiness.
"We are going to answer to war with football, we're going to answer football with joy.
"We're here to please the people, not to make people die, but to give them fun and some joy."
Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant coach urged CAF to reprimand the 40-year-old as a result.
"There are people who are starving, whose only moment of happiness is when their team wins a match," the Portuguese continued.
"So to challenge the Cameroon team to come and play war against us is something I have to leave to CAF, because one comment like this is a red card.
"War is to protect people who die in the doors of the stadiums, people who don't have food to eat, that is war,” the Portuguese national concluded.
Meanwhile, the winner between Cameroon and Egypt will face Senegal in the final.