Eto'o shatters scoring record for tournament
Thursday 31 January 2008
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o became the highest scorer in African Nations Cup history when he converted a penalty in a 3-0 win over Sudan yesterday. The victory ensured Cameroon finished second in Group C behind Egypt with six points to go through to the last eight.
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 contest 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 the Cameroon coach, Otto Pfister. "We totally dominated the first half and, although we did not put on a great show, I'm happy we've qualified."
Cameroon went ahead when they were awarded a penalty for a foul on Achille Emana and Eto'o converted to break Pokou's record. Six minutes later, the Sudan midfielder Rtshard Justin Lado's attempted clearance hit Ali Khider and rebounded into the net.
Eto'o scored the third when he broke clear of the Sudan defence in injury time and placed his shot past El Moez.
The holders Egypt joined Cameroon in the quarter-finals as Group C winners despite conceding a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Zambia.
Chris Katongo rescued a point for Zambia but they were eliminated after Cameroon's victory.
Amr Zaki scored Egypt's goal after 15 minutes. It came at the end of a swift move with Sayed Moawad providing him with an easy finish for his second goal of the tournament.
Egypt then missed a host of chances before Katongo's late equaliser. "Our performance was not as good as before but we made it through to the next round without any injuries," said the Egypt assistant Shawky Gharib. "That was our main aim."
Zambia's coach, Patrick Phiri, said: "At least we go home with some kind of satisfaction, displaying the talent and skill in our team. It is a pity we are going, as we could have brought more entertainment to this tournament."
Egypt will stay in Kumasi for Monday's quarter-final against the runner-up in Group D, which is to be settled today.
Latest in Sport
Daniel Sturridge injury: Alongside Luis Suarez, how the Liverpool SAS may FAIL to become the most lethal partnership in Premier League history
Daniel Sturridge injury: Liverpool striker to have tests on hamstring problem
Diego Costa transfer to Chelsea impossible to stop, admits Diego Simeone
Hillsborough disaster anniversary: Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez among those at Anfield to pay tribute to the 96 who lost their lives
Daniel Sturridge injury latest: Liverpool striker has 'small strain' and will be given chance to prove fitness for Norwich game
- 1 Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave
- 2 Naked yoga: the bare truth - it's already big in the US, and has now landed here
- 3 Man on a leash in Farringdon, London: Mystery of 'walkies' solved
- 4 24 people applied for the 'world's toughest job', here are their interviews
- 5 Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors to boost sales, says whistleblower