Eto'o: African World Cup is a dream
Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o says it is a dream come true to take part in the first World Cup to be held on African soil.
Inter Milan striker Eto'o cannot wait for Cameroon to kick off their World Cup campaign against Japan in Bloemfontein on Monday.
"It is incredible. I've always had this dream of playing in the World Cup in Africa and it's about to become a reality," Eto'o said. "When I'm in South Africa it will be the same as if I'm back in Cameroon. I've always said that, even before Cameroon, I belong to Africa. I might live in Europe but I sleep in Africa."
The 29-year-old went on to add that the tournament is a chance for the whole of Africa to change the way it is viewed by the world.
"I'm so proud to be African in this World Cup," Eto'o said. "Like most Africans I had to work much harder and show much deeper belief than others. Most people see Africa only in terms of poverty and war, famine and disease.
"But this World Cup gives us the chance to show something different. I think the whole world is going to be really surprised by Africa. This could be the best World Cup in history.''
Cameroon will also face Denmark and Netherlands in Group E after their clash with Japan.