Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o has vowed to buy a house for former Cameroon captain Norbert Owona.
Midfielder Owona starred for his national team in the 1960s and early 70s, appearing in two African Cup of Nations, and played for Union Douala is his homeland before falling on hard times.
His plight, which included suffering an inguinal hernia, spending his savings on his wife’s cancer treatment and become homeless in Cameroonian city Douala, was revealed in a documentary.
Owona explained in a letter to government ministers how he was "living like an animal" and it was "unfair to receive such treatment from his country".
But after watching the documentary, Eto’o got involved and immediately went to visit Owona in hospital and then donated him 500,000 CFA francs (£686).
Eto’o, who is Cameroon’s all-time record goalscorer, has also promised to give him a brand new house.
"Eto’o is a very kind man, very kind," Owona told the BBC.
"I have been homeless with no food to eat."
Eto’o joined Qatar SC in August after leaving Turkish side Konyaspor earlier this year.
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