African football legend Samuel Eto'o has broken ranks with his peers and opposed the proposal by FIFA president Gianni Infantino to move Africa Cup of Nations from being held every two years to a four-year cycle.
Early this month Infantino suggested that holding the premier Africa tournament after every four years is the best way to help develop the game on the continent sustainably. This proposal was supported by former Chelsea star Didier Drogba and Tunisian leged Radhi Jaidi.
Eto'o believes that Infantino and FIFA are dishonest in their proposal and they are minding European clubs welfare rather supporting the game in Africa.
" I don't agree with what he said. Is it in the interest of Africans to organize AFCON every four years ? I think it is rather that of Europeans. They want Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang available to them for longer. Fifa defends the interest of European clubs, " said Eto'o in an RFI debate on African Football.
"How are we going to finance our football? Where will you find the money with AFCON every four years? We have to put our football on the same level as Europeans," the former multiple African Footballer of The Year said.
Infantino's proposal continues to draw mixed reactions and African football associations are due to discuss the imminent change in a yet to be scheduled General Meeting.
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