It took him just one first half to seal the fate of Mozambique, this Saturday, at the 22nd edition of the African Cup of Nations Under 20 years, which is played in Mauritania. His name: Etienne Eto’o, son of the Cameroonian football legend, Samuel Eto’o.
He was indeed one of the attractions of this 22nd African Cup of Nations for Under 20 year olds, which is currently being played in Mauritania. Etienne Eto’o, who was expected to be part of the starting eleven from the very first matches of the Cameroonian team, furnished the gallery during the first two duels that put the Indomitable Lions in competition.
Against Mauritania (1-0) and Uganda (1-0), Etienne Eto’o remained on the bench. It took this third match of Cameroon, with nothing at stake, the Indomitable Lions having already qualified after two consecutive wins, for coach Christophe Ousmanou to decide to play the son of Samuel Eto’o. The coach will not have regretted it.
Indeed, it took 7 minutes of play for the Real Oviedo striker to open the scoring for Cameroon, with a magnificent free kick from the left side of the pitch into the top corner. The Mozambican keeper was beaten. Just before half-time, in stoppage time, Etienne Eto’o converted a penalty, giving a real advantage to the Cameroonian team.
It was up to the team to continue on the path traced by the son of the legend Samuel Eto’o. At the end of the match against Mozambique, Cameroon won by a score of 4-1, in the group matches in this Africa Cup of Nations Under 20 years. A feat largely signed Etienne Eto’o. Cameroon won its first two matches with a small gap (1-0).
« It’s a dream to be able to score in my first official match with the national team… I said to myself ‘hit with your heart’ and I didn’t think it would come in so early, almost on the first ball I was going to touch. I was very moved, I was thinking of my family and the Cameroonian people, » Etienne Eto’o said at the end of Saturday’s match.