Eto'o leads Cameroon over Angola

January 21, 2006

CAIRO, Egypt -- In Africa or Europe, Samuel Eto'o keeps scoring.

The FC Barcelona star had three goals -- two in the second half -- to lead Cameroon to a 3-1 victory over Angola on Saturday in the African Cup of Nations.

"It was important to win the first game," said Eto'o, who has 18 goals in 18 Spanish league games this season. "I don't know what we can do in the whole tournament but on a good day, we can beat any team."

Another African star based in Europe, Chelsea's Didier Drogba, drew and converted a penalty kick that gave the Ivory Coast a 1-0 win victory over Morocco. In the day's final game, Congo beat Togo 2-0, with both teams wasting chances.

Angola and Togo are both bound for this year's World Cup in Germany.

Ivory Coast joined host Egypt with three points in Group A. Egypt beat Libya 3-0 in the opening game of the 16-nation tournament Friday. In Group B, Cameroon and Congo have three points.

Eto'o and Drogba are vying for the honor of becoming Africa's Player of the Year. The award ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Angola's coach was impressed, both by Eto'o and Cameroon.

"Normally, I speak about the performance of a team, but in this case, we agreed that Eto'o made the big difference," Luis Oliveira Goncalves said. "Cameroon showed all of us how strong they are."

Ivory Coast scored the only goal after 39 minutes on a penalty kick. Drogba drove the ball inside the right post past stretched Morocco goalkeeper Tarek Jarmouni. The Ivory Coast captain left the field in the 65th minute.

"I was a bit tired in this game, so I was happy to get a penalty," Drogba said. "I'll be stronger in the next matches."

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press