Samuel Eto’o, former star of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea, believes that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will offer many unique and memorable experiences for fans.
In an interview with qatar2022.qa, the former Cameroonian international who serves as the Global Ambassador for the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) highlighted some of his favorite places to visit in the country. “I enjoy visiting many different places when I am in Qatar. Sometimes I like to go to the Villaggio shopping center and at other times I enjoy visiting the Katara Cultural Village which has many shops and restaurants. I also love Banana Island, which is a brilliant vacation destination if you want to get away from it all, ”said Eto’o, four-time African Player of the Year.
“I’m sure fans will find many interesting places to visit when they arrive in this magnificent country in 2022.” Eto’o’s initial experiences in Qatar were embodied during a brief stint with Qatar Sports Club during the 2018-19 season. He believes that fans will be surprised by the friendliness of the people and the safety of the country. Qatar is consistently ranked as one of the safest countries in the world.
“I like the people of Qatar, they are open and sincere,” Eto’o said. “I also like the fact that he always feels safe in Doha and across the country. These things should offer soccer fans a level of reassurance when they come to Qatar for the World Cup. I think they can have a good time visiting the country and seeing the best players in action during the tournament. “
Having appeared in four World Cups in Cameroon, Eto’o is aware of the logistical challenges players have faced in previous tournaments. With Qatar 2022 set to be one of the most compact World Cups ever hosted, it won’t just be the fans who will benefit. Players will never be more than an hour from any of the eight stadiums and will have the luxury of staying in the same location throughout the tournament.
“The players will not be so tired because they will not have to travel to the games by plane,” Eto’o said. “They will be based in the same city and will have the optimal time to train and prepare. That will be good because they will be fresher when they go out to the field and compete ”.
He added: “Players will have the opportunity to use the best facilities in the world, be it the spectacular new stadiums that will host matches or the world-class training facilities. One thing is for sure, what the players will experience in Qatar will be a reward for their efforts in qualifying for this World Cup. “
Eto’o’s time in the Qatar Stars League also allowed him to assess the quality of the players who will represent the host nation in 2022. Qatar will head to the tournament as Asian champions, and Eto’o believes the Maroons have the quality. . to shine on a global stage.
“I hope they are competitive because they have built a winning mentality by becoming Asian champions,” Eto’o said. “What is important now for Qatar is that they take every opportunity to play against the best national teams in the world and learn from those experiences. They have some good players, including Akram Afif, who I rate very well. I wish you the best.”