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Saturday, January 26, 2008
Eto'o ties African Cup scoring record

KUMASI, Ghana -- Samuel Eto'o tied the record for most African Cup of Nations goals when he scored a penalty Saturday in a 5-1 rout of Zambia.

The FC Barcelona striker tied former Ivory Coast forward Laurent Pokou with 14 goals.

In Group C's other match in Kumasi, Mohamed Aboutreika scored twice in Egypt's 3-0 victory over Sudan.

Eto'o converted from the spot in the 64th minute to tie Pokou's record and help the Indomitable Lions bounce back from a 4-2 opening loss to Egypt.

Egypt leads Group C with six points, Cameroon and Zambia have three, and Sudan has zero.

"It was an important win for us because they made it difficult in the first half," Egypt's assistant Shawki Gharib coach said. "We are the here as the defending champions and you could see from the way we played in the second half."

Both games were held in central Ghana, with Cameroon playing first.

Joseph-Desire Job scored twice on defensive blunders, and Cameroon also got goals from Geremi and Achille Emana.

Egypt labored against a resilient Sudan defense, and didn't take control until Aboutreika scored in the 78th. The referee showed him a yellow for celebrating by pulling his jersey over his head and revealing a message written on his T-shirt reading "Sympathize with Gaza."

A miscue by goalkeeper Mahjoub El Moez allowed Aboutreika to add his second inside a huge gap at the near post in the 83rd.

Cameroon next plays Sudan in the northern city of Tamale on Wednesday, when Egypt stays in Kumasi to face Zambia.

On Sunday, Tunisia plays South Africa, and Senegal faces Angola, with both matches held in Tamale.

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