Crazy Eto’o bet not so crazy now
On October 17 legendary African striker Samuel Eto’o made a risky, if not preposterous, bet with a fan of his Turkish Superlig club Antalyaspor.
The club had just blown a chance to win their first game of the season in stoppage time to draw 1:1 at home to visiting Rizespor, and were rock bottom of the table.
Fans were livid and even club chairman Ali Safak Ozturk would have been frustrated after earlier warning the players that none of them was bigger than the club. That warning was to inspire a little public row with the four-time African Player of the Year that was quickly resolved.
Anyway, to placate fans after the Rizespor game, Eto’o moved to the stands to speak with them, and promised that the club, which had managed just three points from their opening seven games at the time, would not only survive relegation, but will finish in the top 10 at the end of the campaign.
To show he meant business the 35-year-old Cameroonian took the contact details of a fan that challenged him and offered to pay him 100,000 euros if Antalyaspor failed to finish in the top ten.
In the game that followed the club lost 3:0 at Besiktas, but they have won the four games played home and away since – all by 1:0 scorelines. Not that Eto’o, apparently the chief penalty taker, and winner of two of the games from the spot, would care.
Now Antalyaspor are provisionally ninth on the 18-team table and guaranteed to be in the top ten at the conclusion of the weekend games.
Looks like everybody would be happy at this time, although one has to wonder about what the fan feels at this time considering loyalties to club and self.