Samuel Eto’o has confirmed that he is doing well a few hours after reports went viral that he was involved in a car accident in Cameroon, his home country.
The 39-year-old former Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea striker was returning from his younger brother, Oliver Kadji’s wedding on Sunday, November 8, when a bus collided with his 4×4 car between Douala and Bafoussam in Cameroon.
The driver that drove the bus that collided with Samuel Eto’o’s car attempted to run away from the scene of the accident before he was apprehended and taken to the police.
Before Eto’o’s spokesperson Frank Happi confirmed the former captain of the Cameroon national team has been taken to a hospital for medical attention, a video surfaced on Twitter showing Samuel Eto’o sitting on the floor with the bus driver. He was heard telling the driver in French that he should drive carefully next time.
Samuel Eto'o didn’t press charges against the driver of the bus that collided with his car. Instead, he visited the police station & talked to him about safe driving pic.twitter.com/6zTYIOxBFg— The African Voice (@teddyeugene) November 9, 2020
The four-time Africa player of the year has said he would not press charges against the driver not even for his 4×4 car that has been badly damaged due to the accident. Besides the footballer who was unhurt in the accident, it has been confirmed that other commuters came out unhurt.
Frank Happi said Samuel Eto’o only went to the hospital to carry out a medical check-up to be sure that he did not sustain any internal injury during the accident.
On Monday, November 9, the most decorated footballer in the history of Africa football took to his verified Instagram account to share pictures he took from his younger brother’s wedding. In the caption, Samuel Eto’o narrated how he had fun at the wedding ceremony before he ended up in an accident scene.
He wrote: “This sacred union manifested by the traditional wedding of my beloved little brother Oliver Kadji and his lovely fiancée – to whom I say thank you and wish great happiness – was an opportunity for me to re-discover with a lot of emotions and pleasure, the sumptuous West region of my country Cameroon, where I spent unforgettable moments!
“On the way back, I had an unfortunate car accident, which almost made me forget my dance moves from the night before. But I want to reassure you, I am doing very well. Thanks are unto the Lord, for getting us out of it miraculously without physical harm.”
Samuel Eto’o played in numerous clubs across the world before he retired from professional football in 2019 at Qatar SC. Before his retirement, he scored over 427 goals for all the clubs he played for.
The most outstanding period of his career was between 2004 and 2009 when he was playing for Barcelona. He was part of Pep Guardiola‘s glorious Barcelona team that won the treble in the 2008-2009 season. Before he left the Spanish club, the Cameroonian football legend scored 130 goals in 5 seasons. He won a total of 10 major titles with Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Mallorca.
Before he retired from international football, he helped Cameroon to win two Africa Cup of Nations trophies and one Olympic Gold medal. He scored 56 goals in 118 appearances for Cameroon.