By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Samuel Eto’o wrote his name in AFCON history book with his fine form in the competition from his debut in 2000 in Ghana to his departure in 2010 in Angola.
He scored against 10 countries in the AFCON. He scored thrice against Angola for his only Hat Trick of the Tournament while Tunisia,Nigeria, Togo,Egypt,Zambia and Sudan all conceded two goals in the AFCON from the talented striker.
He scored once in the tournament against Ivory Coast,Algeria and DR Congo.
Eto’o scored his first AFCON goal against Ivory Coast in 2000 and his last against Tunisia in 2010.
This is his story.
Cameroon 3-0 Ivory Coast
Eto’o scored in the 45th minute with other goals from Kalla Raymond and Patrick Mboma
6 February 2000
Cameroon 2-1 Algeria
Eto’o scored a 7th minutes goal,the other goal came from Foe Marc
Cameroon 3-0 Tunisia
Eto’o scored in the 81st minute in between two other second half goals from Patrick Mboma
Nigeria 2-2 Cameroon
Eto’o scored the first of the four goals of the game in the 26th minute and Cameroon won the AFCON on post match Penalties for Eto’o first trophy for country.
Eto’o ended the tournament with four goals just like compatriot Patrick Mboma, only South African,Shaun Bartlett did better with five goals.
29 January 2002
Cameroon 3-0 Togo
Samuel Eto’o scored in the 80th minutes between two goals from in form Patrick Mboma and Solomon Olembe to get his only goal in the tournament.
8th February 2004
Cameroon 1-2 Nigeria
Samuel Eto’o scored in the 42nd minutes for his only goal in the tournament but a Jay Jay Okocha Free Kick plus an Utaka strike sent Cameroon home.
Cameroon 3-1 Angola
Eto’o scored his first AFCON and only AFCON hat trick in this game. The goals were scored in the 20th,39th and 78th minutes.
Cameroon 2-0 Togo
Eto’o scored in the 68th minutes before a late goal from Albert Meyong Ze gave Cameroon all 3 points.
Cameroon 2-0 Congo
Eto’o followed up Geremi Njitap’s goal two minutes earlier with a 33rd minutes strike to hand all three points to the Lions.
In his best AFCON tournament in terms of goals scored he will miss a decisive penalty after XI successes apiece in the quarter against Ivory Coast thus causing his nation a semi final place.
Egypt 4-2 Cameroon
Two second-half goals in the 51st and 90th minutes from Eto’o couldn’t prevent the embarrassment as Cameroon suffered a 4-2 defeat in their opening group game.
Cameroon 5-1 Zambia
Eto’o scored Cameroon’s the last goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 66th minutes following goals from Geremi, a brace from Job Desire and Achille Emana
Cameroon 3-0 Sudan
Another penalty was converted by Eto’o for the 3rd game in a row before a late goal made it a brace for Eto’o. His goals were scored in the 27th and 90th minutes.
Cameroon got to final but no goal came from the “Golden boy” again in the tournament.
Cameroon 3-2 Zambia
In the 72nd minutes, Eto’o scored in between goals from Geremi Njitap and Idrissou Mohammadu to give Cameroon a narrow win.
Cameroon 2-2 Tunisia
Another Eto’o goal in the 47th minutes was followed by a Landry Tsafack’s goal.
Eto’o and Cameroon went home after a quarter final defeat to Tunisia after extra time.
Surprisingly he never scored an AFCON goal against the Black Stars of Ghana.
Samuel Eto’o scored 18 goals at six AFCON tournaments with five goals scored in 2006 and in 2008.
He is one of only nine players that scored five or more goals in the AFCON and the only Cameroonian to do so.
Eto’o is the only player to have scored five goals at two separate AFCON tournaments. He did so in 2006 in Egypt and 2008 in Ghana.
He is one of only two players to have scored in six different AFCON tournaments. The only other player is Zambian football Icon,Kalusha Bwalya who scored 10 AFCON goals in his career.
Eto’o scored in 2000,2002,2004,2006,2008,2010 while Kalusha scored in 1986,1992,1994,1996,1998,2000.
Eto’o is the only player to score in six consecutive AFCON with five goals twice in that series.
He remains a legend of African Football and world Football .
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