By Angu Lesley
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Whatever happens, 18-year old Real Oviedo attacking midfielder Etienne Eto’o Pineda, son of the great Samuel Eto’o has announced himself in international football in style.
The creative midfielder whose introduction to the Cameroon team sparked controversial commentaries mostly with no justification proved his doubters wrong.
The player Spanish-Cameroon was made to wait till this month to feature for Cameroon despite attending a training camp with the Under-17s of the Central African nation in October 2019 in Brazil.
Etienne made finally made the cut for a Cameroon team in the build-up to this AFCON and even in Mauritania he had to wait till Cameroon’s third group game to show what he is made-up of.
Eto’o finally started for Cameroon against Mozambique, scored twice and assisted a goal for Kevin Prince Milla, winning the man of the match award in the game.
The forward waited 80 minutes into Cameroon’s quarter-final game against Ghana to make his second appearance for Cameroon.
Barely 23 minutes after his introduction, he assisted Cameroon’s opener scored by Kevin Prince Milla from a corner to take his assist tally to two games.
Though Cameroon went on to be defeated in post-match by a resilient Ghanaian side, Eto’o had a telling impact in the 111 minutes he featured for the Junior Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
Two goals, two assists in two games represents a good return for the lad new to international with a huge reputation to protect.
The future is ‘pregnant’ but this Etienne Eto’o at the 2021 Under-20 AFCON has started better than his father who remains Cameroon’s all-time lead scorer seven years after his retirement from international football.