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Football: Captain Eto'o quits Cameroon


Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has told Cameroon team-mates he is quitting the national team ahead of World Cup qualifying play-offs.

Eto'o, record four-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year award, broke the news after a 1-0 win over Libya at the weekend.

A Cameroon football official told AFP in Yaounde that Eto'o, 32, announced his retirement to team-mates in the dressing-room after the match.

"He did not give reasons why he is retiring from the national team," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Samuel thanked his team-mates for all the efforts they have made to allow him to become a better player. They prayed together and he left."

An Eto'o corner led to Aurelien Chedjou heading the winner and enabling Cameroon to top Group I after struggling for much of the campaign.

The recent Chelsea recruit from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala limped off injured on the hour mark.

A draw in Cairo on September 16 will reveal who six-time World Cup qualifiers Cameroon face for a place at the 2014 finals in Brazil.