Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Samuel Eto'o is the king of African football.
Today he became the highest scorer in Cup of Nations history when he converted a penalty in a 3-0 win over Sudan in their group finale.
The Indomitable Lions finish second in Group C behind Egypt with six points to go through to the quarterfinals.
Eto'o's 27th-minute strike took his tally at African Nations Cup tournaments to 15, overtaking the 38-year-old record of Ivory Coast's Laurent Pokou.
A bizarre own goal by Mohamed Ali Khider effectively ended the game six minutes later before Eto'o completed the scoring in injury-time, his fifth goal at the 2008 finals.
"We've been very efficient and scored 10 goals in the group stage, I don't know many teams who've done that," said Cameroon coach Otto Pfister.
"We totally dominated the first half and, although we did not put on a great show, I'm happy that we've qualified."
Kudos to Sudan, who didn't score a goal in the tournament, but gave their fellow countrymen something to cheer about after many war-ravaged years. I hope this tournament experience was a good one for them.
Over to Kumasi, where a last-gasp equaliser from Chris Katongo enabled Zambia to hold Egypt to a 1-1 draw.
But the result was not enough to rescue Zambia from elimination and confirmed Egypt as Group C winners.
Amr Zaki scored after 15 minutes in another solid display by the defending champions, who finished with seven points, one more than second placed Cameroon.
Egypt were caught out after a sustained period of pressure when Katongo blasted home from close range in the 89th minute.
Their next opponents have not been confirmed. Group D qualification comes tomorrow.