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Why Eto'o's Son Was Snubbed From Cameroon U17 World Cup Squad Revealed

Many were excited to hear that Etienne Eto'o, son of Samuel Eto'o, was set to represent Cameroon instead of his birth country Spain at the FIFA U17 World Cup. However, he was snubbed from the final squad due to a strange reason.

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Etienne, who is 17 years old and captains Mallorca's U17 team, wanted to represent Cameroon at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

His dreams, though, were shattered when he learned he did not make the final World Cup squad despite joining the reigning African U17 champions for a training camp in Brasilia.

According to the BBC, Etienne was among a group players who were not selected by coach Thomas Libiih because they are based in Europe.

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A decree signed by Cameroon's president Paul Biya in 2014 states that the country's U15 and U17 sides should be reserved for players from domestic championships, and the coach expressed his concerns over the inclusion of foreign-based players in a letter to Cameroonian Football Federation president Seidou Mbombo Njoya.

As a consequence, five players were dropped from Cameroon's 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations-winning squad, including captain Steve Mvoue, who was named that tournament's most valuable player.

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Cameroon will face Argentina, Spain and Tajikistan at the tournament in Brazil, which will take place between 26 October and 17 November. Senegal, Nigeria and Angola are the other African countries at the showpiece.

Do you think Cameroon made the right decision in snubbing overseas-based players for their U17 World Cup squad? Have your say in the comments section below.


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