Nigerian football players, invited by the President of the Cameroonian Football Association, Samuel Eto’o, for a ceremonious tournament in Victoria City, Cameroon, have gotten a threatening warning from a separatist group.
The event is slated for Thursday, November 30, 2023.
Freshreporters News Post noted that the warning was conveyed in a voice note by Comrade Chris Anon, claiming to be the leader of the Ambazonia Interim Government, based in the USA.
He asserted that some players, including former Nigerian stars like Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Daniel Amokachi, could face severe dangers.
The Restoration Fighters of the Ambazonia Interim Government, fighting for the independence of Southwest Cameroon, warned that the players ’ safety couldn’t be assured if they disregarded the warning.
They labelled the tournament as impolite to the Ambazonian people.
The group has declared a complete lockdown in Victoria City and the environing Fago County on the day of the match.
A part of the voice message stated, “The Restoration Fighters of Ambazonia Control Victoria and the entire county and are committed to ensuring the lockdown. Our determination to safeguard the integrity of Ambazonia’s independence struggle will not be deterred. We show no mercy for any persons who attempt to disregard the lockdown.
“It is essential to emphasize the severity of the situation and to caution against actions that could be misconstrued as aligning with any form of propaganda.
“The football match proposed by Samuel Eto’o is very controversial; it is a misguided and insensitive initiative.
“That decision to involve international players from Nigeria is deeply troubling.
“The timing and location of the tournament give rise to suspicions.
“We seriously and strongly caution Jay Jay Okocha, Daniel Amokachi and others who are promoting and preparing to participate in the tournament to reconsider their involvement as their participation may unintentionally result in bloodshed.
“We cannot help but question Samuel Eto’o’s decision to organize this tournament in Victoria, an Ambazonia territory that has been marred by war for over seven years, for which 30,000 Ambazonians have been killed.
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