Former Chelsea man says Eto’o ‘playing at that level’ can help nation ‘do something’ in Brazil

Geremi Njitap believes that Chelsea man Samuel Eto'o can help inspire Cameroon to glory today, and next summer.

Eyebrows were certainly raised when Chelsea snapped up Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer in the summer - as Jose Mourinho decided another year out on loan for Romelu Lukaku was the best plan for the future.

The Cameroonian has since begun to find his feet after what was a difficult start - becoming used to playing in the advanced striker role rather than the deeper position he played in while at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

He shows no loss of his poaching ability - just ask Schalke 04 goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand if you do not believe me.

And a previous Cameroonian international and Chelsea star has been vindicating the move - hoping it can see him finally kick his sleeping lion of a nation into life.

Geremi Njitap was signed by Chelsea after an impressive season on loan at Middlesbrough and an even more notable Confederations Cup with his nation. The £6.9 million deal from Real Madrid saw Geremi play at Chelsea for four years in a number of different positions before he moved on to Newcastle United in 2007 - retiring in 2011 after finishing his career in Turkey and Greece.

And this is what he said about Eto’o - ahead of Cameroon’s crunch World Cup qualifying play-off with Tunisia this afternoon:

"He is a guy who loves the Cameroon jersey - I think if you ask him he'd say 'I'd love to play for Cameroon all my life. Playing at Chelsea will help him for this qualifier and if we do qualify (for the World Cup), playing at that level will help him prepare well."

The Indomitable Lions were not at the World Cup in 2006 - and the campaign in South Africa in 2010 is certainly one they want to forget quickly.

But Geremi feels, with the young talent emerging such as Nicolas N’Koulou, Joel Matip and Fabrice Olinga there is reason to be optimistic - and believes they have what it takes to make an impact at Brazil next summer:

"First they have to qualify and then they have to go to the World Cup and do something there. We have a good, good team now and that's why we are in the position of being in the last game where a win will get us our ticket to the World Cup.’’

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