Cameroon strike panel hears from Eto'o and officials

By Leocadia BongbenBBC Sport, Yaounde
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o was amongst those who attended the hearing on Monday

Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o and members of the country's football federation have appeared at a hearing in Yaounde.

It follows the player strike which led to the cancellation of a friendly game against Algeria last month.

The panel has ended its deliberations but an announcement of any decisions has yet to be made.

"There was no tension because we were among Cameroonians," the head of the panel Sali Dahirou said.

"We are not there just to censor - we are there also to give advice to our players, to our federation and to the Ministry of Sports because we want Cameroonian football to go forward."

The hearing had been scheduled to take place last month but was postponed because of Eto'o's club commitments.

He is captain of the national team and was part of the squad which refused to play in a row over payments.

"I can't tell you what I told the panel but we are respectful of our country," Eto'o told reporters after the hearing.

"That's what the people of Cameroon must understand - we don't play in the national team for money, we play because we love our country."

The man in charge of the national team for Fecafoot (the Cameroonian Federation), Blaise Ongbwa, and the Indomitable Lions coach Denis Lavagne were among those who were also called.

The team had played two friendly games in Morocco but did not travel to Algeria to play a third game because of the late payment of appearance fees.

The move caused huge embarrassment to Cameroon and to the country's government.

Defender Benoit Assou-Ekotou also faced a hearing, over his failure to report for the whole trip - including the two games the rest of the squad did play.

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