Former Star and Striker of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon , Samuel Eto has gifted his former captain Norbert Owona a house and 500,000FCFA, nanansem.com can report.
The retired Footballer, who paid a visit to the ‘Homeless’ former captain put smiles on his face with these goodies.
Norbert Owona became sick and homeless when he lost everything including his family in a car accident, nanansem.com can report.
Owona had said his favourite footballing memory was seeing former President Amadou Ahidjo breaking security protocol and running towards him to celebrate his two goals scored against Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1972.
It was an Africa Cup of Nations match, which Cameroon won 5-2, giving them third place in the tournament.
“If former President Ahidjo were alive, I would not be suffering like this,” he once said.
Joseph Kamga, another former Cameroon international,has disclosed that Owona was not the only Indomitable Lion veteran to be facing hard times.
“The situation of some of my team-mates is beyond description,” said Kamga, who played at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
But Owona’s situation has spurred the sports authorities into action, he added.
The Cameroon Football Academy is now discussing a project to help former players become coaches or go into football management, our reporter says.