Samuel Eto’o caused a stir ahead of Cameroon’s victorious World Cup qualifier against Tunisia this weekend, when he claimed his team-mates refused to pass him the ball during the first-leg.
The Chelsea striker has a love-hate relationship with his country, where he is revered as a national hero, but frequently has bad things to say about the Indomitable Lions.
There were reports that he had in fact retired from international football earlier this season, but still he wore the captain’s armband as Cameroon booked their ticket to Brazil 2014 on Sunday.
And despite the rancour that seems to surround his international career, Eto’o remains Cameroon’s “biggest asset”, according to his fellow Indomitable Lion, Jean Makoun.
Rennes midfielder Makoun, who scored twice against Tunisia to help seal Cameroon’s win, said that Eto’o is devoted to Cameroon’s cause, no matter the melodrama he courts.
"He was really into it. You saw him in training encouraging us, putting in the effort,” Makoun said of Eto’o to L’Equipe, after Sunday’s result.
“When you see him like that, he who is our best asset, it pushes the others. All you can do is follow him.
"During the game, he ran a lot, he ran himself into the ground to enable his teammates to shine. He certainly didn't look to shine himself."
Cameroon were fortunate to contest the playoffs for the World Cup after their dismal qualifying campaign.
They are hardly the African force they once were, but now that they have made it to Brazil, Makoun says the Indomitable Lions can spring a few surprises there next year.
"We've had some disappointments recently. We've had a few problems, so we don't want to get carried away,” he said.
“But if we stay together, united like that, I'm certain that we can match the big teams. We know what we still have to do."