Former Barcelona and Inter star Samuel Eto'o has seemingly called time on his illustrious career in a message via social media.

Eto'o – a three-time Champions League winner among other honours – last played for Qatari outfit Qatar SC in 2018-19.

And the 38-year-old ex-Cameroon striker appears set for life after football following Friday's Instagram post.

"THE END, TOWARDS A NEW CHALLENGE," Eto'o wrote.

"Thank you all big love... adrenaline."

Eto'o enjoyed a trophy-laden career after emerging from Real Madrid's youth team in 1997 – making three appearances for the Spanish giants.

He won the Champions League twice with Barcelona and again during his time at Inter, where Eto'o was part of the club's 2009-10 treble-winning side.

In total, Eto'o celebrated 15 club titles – including three LaLiga trophies – following spells with Mallorca, Barca, Inter, Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, Sampdoria, Antalyaspor, Konyaspor and Qatar SC.

Eto'o earned 118 caps for Cameroon as he became the country's all-time leading scorer with 56 goals, while winning two African Cup of Nations titles and gold at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Cameroon have sacked coach Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert after the Indomitable Lions' last-16 exit at the Africa Cup of Nations. 

The 2017 AFCON champions produced a weak defence of their title in Egypt, exiting courtesy of a 3-2 loss to Nigeria having won just one of their three games in Group F. 

That has resulted in former AC Milan and Netherlands stars Seedorf and Kluivert losing their jobs less than a year after being hired. 

Seedorf was in charge for 10 games, winning three, drawing four and losing three. 

A statement from the Cameroon Football Federation's president Seidou Mbombo Njoya said: "In the wake of the premature elimination of Cameroon from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Cameroon Football Federation, in conformity with the stipulations of the resolutive condition of their respective employment contracts, has decided to terminate the duties of coach Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert with immediate effect." 

The Cameroon job was Seedorf's fourth coaching role in football, with the 43-year-old having previously had short stints in charge of Milan, Shenzhen and Deportivo La Coruna. 

Alex Iwobi scored the winning goal as Nigeria recovered from behind to beat Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon 3-2 in a topsy-turvy last-16 clash in Alexandria on Saturday.

Both teams suffered disappointing results in their final group matches to finish second and set up a heavyweight showdown that more than lived up to its hype.

And it was the Super Eagles who came out on top on Saturday to set up a showdown with either hosts Egypt or South Africa in the next round after recovering from a 2-1 half-time deficit.

Stephane Bahoken and Clinton N'Jie had struck late in the first half for the 2017 winners to cancel out Odion Ighalo's opener, but the former Watford striker bagged his second with just over an hour played to level things up and Arsenal winger Iwobi completed the comeback three minutes later.

Nigeria had won six AFCON matches in a row prior to their shock defeat against Madagascar in their previous outing and they made a bright start before the first of Ighalo's goals 19 minutes in.

A cross to the back post was scuffed across goal by Kenneth Omeruo and Ighalo was in the right place to divert it past Andre Onana with the help of a deflection.

Cameroon turned the game on its head as half-time approached, however, with Bahoken playing a key part in the turnaround.

The Angers striker volleyed home from six yards to make it 1-1 after being picked out by Christian Bassogog and he then flicked a long ball on for N'Jie to slot past Daniel Akpeyi.

But three-time winners Nigeria showed character of their own to get themselves back on level terms through Ighalo's cool first-time finish from eight yards and Iwobi showed just as much composure to beat Onana.

Ighalo was denied a hat-trick by a fine save 14 minutes from time, but Gernot Rohr's side saw things through to secure a place in the last eight.

Nigeria must learn from the mistakes they made against Madagascar as they head into their Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie with reigning champions Cameroon, according to coach Gernot Rohr.

The Super Eagles slipped to a surprise 2-0 defeat to Barea in their final Group B game, with the AFCON debutants finishing top of the pool.

Leon Balogun was at fault for Madagascar's opening goal as he was robbed of possession, and the defeat set up a contest against Cameroon in the last 16.

Rohr wants his side to cut out such errors, but added Nigeria can use the defeat as extra motivation ahead of Saturday's encounter in Alexandria.

"I'm scared of us committing individual errors and I hope we won't have individual errors again that will cost us," Rohr told a news conference.

"The match against Madagascar was a little deception, but we and the fans have learnt to be humble.

"The loss was a lesson we'll all learn from. I trust my team. We'll prove to Nigerian fans that the last game was just a mistake.

"There were changes in the team to play some players and keep them in the rhythm of the competition, but now the best team have to start against Cameroon to do their best and make Nigeria proud."

Cameroon finished second behind Ghana in Group F and are yet to concede a goal in the competition, though they have only netted twice themselves.

And coach Clarence Seedorf knows the Indomitable Lions must be at their best to see off another of the tournament favourites.

"It is not new to us, trying to win. It's normal for us," Seedorf told reporters.

"Our team is good, yet Nigeria is also a big team. All we have to do is perform well and see where it leads us."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nigeria - Alex Iwobi

Though he is yet to score in the tournament, Iwobi has looked bright in both of the games he started. With his club Arsenal reportedly in the market for Wilfried Zaha – featuring at the AFCON for Ivory Coast – Iwobi will be keen to use the latter stages of the competition to either prove his worth to Unai Emery, or perhaps put himself in the shop window.

Cameroon - Andre Onana

After a wonderful season with Ajax, goalkeeper Onana has kept three clean sheets in the AFCON, having carried his club form into the tournament. However, he may have his work cut out if Nigeria's attack clicks into gear.

 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- Saturday's tie will be the seventh AFCON encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon.
- Nigeria have won six of their last seven AFCON games, the only exception being against Madagascar in their most recent fixture.
- Cameroon are unbeaten in their last nine games in the AFCON, their joint-longest such streak in the tournament.
- Nigeria midfielder Peter Etebo is the player who registered the most recoveries in the group stage.
- Cameroon's last eight AFCON goals have been scored from the 59th minute onwards.

Defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon fired a blank for the second match running as they were held to a goalless draw by Benin that saw both sides reach the last 16.

Clarence Seedorf had demanded more from his players in Tuesday's clash in Ismailia following their stalemate with Ghana last time out, but they once again struggled to create much in front of goal.

Ambroise Oyongo came closest to scoring for the holders with his first-half attempt against a Benin side with three draws from their three matches.

And after failing to find a way through, already-qualified Cameroon slipped down to second in Group F on goals scored behind Ghana - 2-0 winners over Guinea-Bissau - while Benin advance as one of the best third-place sides.

The Indomitable Lions made a bright start to the first meeting between these sides in the competition, with Karl Toko Ekambi heading over from eight yards early on and Saturnin Allagbe producing two smart saves.

Allagbe, brought in for the benched Fabien Farnolle from the draw with Guinea-Bissau, got across to push Oyongo's free-kick onto the outside of the post and then got his fingertips to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's long-range drive.

Ekambi was denied by Allagbe for a second time with a little over an hour played, this time in a far more routine manner, and Clinton N'Jie was wayward with his attempt from outside the box.

The rest of the match was played out at a low tempo with minimal chances, the draw keeping both sides' AFCON campaigns alive.

Cameroon have been stripped of hosting duties for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays over their preparations for the tournament.

The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the decision on Friday following a lengthy meeting in Accra, Ghana.

Next year's expanded edition of the biennial tournament will be held in June and July, with 24 nations taking part.

Cameroon, who lifted the trophy last year after beating Egypt 2-1 in the final, were initially named as hosts for a 16-team event, only for CAF to confirm an increase in participants in July 2017 during a symposium held in Morocco.

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