Samuel Eto’o Fils scored on Sunday from the penalty spot in his Italian Serie “A” debut for Inter Milan which drew 1-1 with FC Bari.
“I am satisfied with his [Eto’o’s] performance today but, of course, I expect him to improve each week,” Inter’s manager, José Mourinho, told pressmen after the game.
The Cameroonian striker told pressmen that his team still needs to work harder and stay focused to attain their objectives for the season.
Eto’o, who told French TV channel TF1 that his biggest wish for the moment was to see Cameroon qualify for the 2010 World Cup, was not the only member of Paul Le Guen’s 22 man list for the World Cup qualifiers against Gabon to have scored for his team. Here is a round-up of Lions in action this weekend.
The scorers and passers
Albert Meyong Ze was on target for Sporting Club Braga in their 2 – 1 victory over Sporting Portugal in the 3rd day of the Portuguese premier football league. Meyong’s winner came in at the 80th minute of play.
In France, Jean Makoun struck in the second goal for Olympic Lyon in their 3-0 away triumph at Auxerre on Saturday. Makoun played the full 90 minutes of the encounter. He was only a substitute in Lyon’s mid-week thrashing (5-1) of Anderlecht of Belgium in the UEFA Champions League play-off.
David Somen à Achoyi was impressive for his Austrian clubside Red Bulls Salzburg. He contributed to his team’s 1-1 draw when he charged past two opponents and slotted the ball to his teammate (Janko) to equalise against SC Magna Neudstadt. Red Bulls Salzburg lie second in the Austrian league with 10 points after five days of play.
Those who were in winning sides
Sébastien Bassong and Benoit Assou-Ekotto and their colleagues of Tottenham Hotspur are in cloud 9. The two Indomitable Lions played the full 90 minutes that saw their club come from one goal down to beat West Ham 2-1. With three wins in as many games, Spurs are not only topping the premier league, they are witnessing the best start to a season for the London club in at least 49 years.
Cameroon’s central defender, Stephane Bikey, on Sunday played the full 90 minutes of Burnley’s 1-0 victory over Everton. On Wednesday ( barely a day after his switch from Reading) Bikey played his part in Burnley’s 1-0 shock win over Manchester United.
Still in England, Geremi Njitap came on as a (very) late substitute (89th) minute for Newcastle in their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the second tier of English football.
Those whose teams drew or lost
Augustine Binya featured for Neuchatel Xamax that drew 2-2 with FC Bale in the Swiss super league. Binya played as a full-back and was particularly impressive with his throw-ins.
Ajax Amsterdam fielded Cameroon’s Eyong Enoh Tarkang in midfield but could not score against Sparta Rotterdam. The Dutch league game ended without a goal after 90 minutes.
Stephane Mbia made his competitive debut for Olympic Marseille (France) on Saturday against his former club Rennes. He came in as a half-time substitute and contributed in his own way to Marseille’s 1-1 draw.
Cameroonians watching the French Ligue 1 had to wait until the 86th minute to see young Aurelien Chedjou come in as a substitute for Lille in their 1-1 draw with FC Toulouse.
Still in France, Alo’o Efoulou was unable to score for Nancy this weekend. The Cameroonian and his teammates were ruffled by Le Mans which beat them 2-1. Efoulou was not as spectacular as last weekend when he scored twice against Monaco.
On the 3rd day of play in the Turkish league, the two Lions on Paul Le Guen’s list were on the losing end of their weekend games. Goalkeeper Souleymanou Hamidou conceded 4 goals as Galatasaray beat his Kayierispor 4-1.
Manisaspor beat Rigobert Song’s Trabonzspor 1-0. The most capped Cameroonian international could not score as he had done in the middle of the week against Toulouse in the qualifiers of the Europa League.
Those who didn’t play
Alexandre Song sat 90 minutes on the bench during Arsenal’s 4-1 victory over Portsmouth. Was Arsene Wenger giving a deserved rest to a man who performed so brightly against Celtic Glasgow in the Champions League qualifier?
During that game which Arsenal won 2-0, Landry Nguemo was the one playing the same role of “sweeper in-front of the back four” for Celtic. Nguemo wasn’t in the line-up when Celtic destroyed St. Johnstone 5 – 2 in the Scotish Premier League this weekend.
Young defender Nicolas Nkoulou, paid the heavy price of being part of a leaky defensive unit that conceded 4 goals last week. His Monaco team coach reacted by dropping 5 men (including Nkoulou) to the bench. Monaco beat Lorient 2-nil. Will Nkoulou be able to bounce back?