This declaration was made by Bernard Tchouatang, a Cameroonian international player who played for the country from 1997-2001.
He accused the number one Cameroon football icon of casting a spell on one of their team mates, Joseph Desire Job, some 17 years ago, thereby preventing him from participating in the competition which took place in Ghana by then.
Following an interview granted to the sfr sport channel on Teusday 20 June, during one of their programs “Le Vestiare”, Tchouatang explained that, before leaving for Ghana, they had been training as a team with Desire Job being one of the key players, who would probably constitute the starting line up. Unfortunately for him as Bernard revealed, he fell sick. He developed automatic diarrhoea and stomach bite.
The accuser says “le pitcitchi” was behind the misfortune. He took his time to explain how Etoo might have gone about his divine machinations, to have Joseph Desire off the starting line up. He disclosed that in Ghana by that time, before they took their breakfast every morning, they had to wait for and greet everybody. On this faithful day, everyone had come together but for Samuel Etoo who came last. The Cameroonian international went on to say that, when Etoo arrived, he skipped greeting about six people and went straight to Desire Job and gave him a hand shake.
The handshake is what sparked up everything as hinted by Bernard Tchouatang, given that, immediately Desire left the table, he went straight to bed due to the pain which had suddenly developed within him. Following suit to this, was Etoo Fils’ brilliant performance all through that competition. He emerged highest goal scorer, a phenomenon which Tchouatang does not find normal.
Samuel Etoo Fils, on his own side did not just sit quiet “hatred is a feeling that can only exist in the absence of intelligence. Although exasperated by such declarations, I feel nothing but compassion for you, for I realise at this moment, the damage that jealousy and sourness can cause. It is common knowledge that my true magic has worked. False excuses however, are peculiar to the weak. Know my dear Bernard that, as long as there are people like you, ready to slander a brother, to impress the gallery, the respect that we Africans deserve and claim will remain a utopia”. That is what Etoo backlashed at Bernard Tchouatang.