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African Nations Cup: Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o Worried About Gabon Test In Group Opener January 7, 2010

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The Inter striker says the continental finals are hard to predict because all the teams are tough.

  • Cameroon captain Samuel Eto’o looks forward to their 2010 Africa Cup of Nations opener against Gabon in Lubango on January 13 with trepidation because 'Azingo Nationale' “know Cameroon very well."

    "Gabon have always been a tough team to beat and the fact we are meeting them in our first match in Angola makes it very tricky. We beat them twice last year, in Libreville and Yaounde, but it was not a walk in the park,” Eto’o told The Standard.

    "They certainly know our style of play and I’m sure they are really going to give us a run," he added.

    Asked what he thought of the other Group D teams, Tunisia and Zambia, Eto’o said: "Certainly they will be competitive, but I think Gabon will be coming for revenge and they are a good team."

    Eto’o, who is the all time highest scorer in the African Nations Cup with 16 goals, said he was disappointed with Kenya’s failure to qualify for Angola.

    "Kenya is a great nation and it is a shame they will not be with us in Angola. I hope when I return for the Laikipia Unity Cup (in August) we shall be the champions of the World and that way Kenyans, too, will feel part of Cameroon."

    Asked who is likely to pip the 2010 title, Eto’o was mentioned.

    "All the teams at the Cups of Nations are strong because many teams have matured, but Cameroon also have a strong team and I believe we can go all the way and win [our] fifth title."

    Does he feel any pressure when playing for the continent's coveted title?

    "No, because it is easy playing in front of Africans, unlike in Europe where being an African means you have to prove yourself. There is nothing to prove in Angola."

    James Momanyi, Goal.com

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