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Eto'o celebrates goal

Samuel Eto’o has won the CAF African Footballer of the Year award for a record fourth time after he was named the continent’s best player in 2010 at a ceremony in Egypt on Monday night.

The Cameroonian who won the European Champions league, the Italian Serie A, the Italian Cup and  Super-Cup, and the World Club Cup came ahead of Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan and Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba.

“I would like to seek your support to help Africa win the World Cup,” Eto’o said to Issa Hayatou,the chairman of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) while receiving the award.

The Inter Milan striker said the African continent has quality players, coaches and managers to be be able to attain that ojective.

He also heaped praise on TP Mazembe of the Congo Democratic Republic for flying Africa’s flag at the just ended FIFA World Club Cup. TP Mazembe became the first African team to reach the final of that tournament but were beaten 3-0 by Europe’s  Inter Milan, with Eto’o scoring and providing an assist for the Italians.

The runner-up, Ghana’s Gyan who was named BBC African Footballer of the Year last Friday, said he was young and had many years ahead of him to win the award.

“It’s a surprise to see me standing here before all these big men of Africa,” he said in reference to his youth and the achievements he had already made.

Gyan was the lead scorer for the  Black Stars of Ghana who reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa this year.

He missed a last minute penalty that would have taken Ghana to the semi-finals of the competition but showed great courage as he took and scored a penalty kick during the shoot-out at the end of the match.

He may well return as a challenger for this award if he maintains his current club form at Sunderland in the English Premier League where he has been very influential in terms of goals and assists.

Gyan, Eto’o, and Drogba feature in CAF’s African Eleven of the year which also includes Egypt’s national team captain Ahmed Hassan who won the award for the Best African Footballer based in the African continent.

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Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o was named best player of the FIFA Club World Cup after his Italian team, Inter  Milan trounced TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 3-nil on Saturday to win the tournament.

Eto’o scored Inter’s second goal at the 17th minute of play via a powerful drive from the edge of the 18-yard area after he had provided an assist for Goran Pandev’s curtain raiser 13 minutes into the game.

It has been a stellar year for Eto’o and Inter Milan. The team have also won the European Champions League, the Italian League, Cup and Super-Cup  and the Cameroonian has scored 19 times in 23 appearances for Inter since August.

“I want to write history with Inter,” Eto’o said on his arrival at Inter last year. “I won almost everything with Barça, I hope to do so also here.”

He has clearly kept to his word.

Cameroon’s dismal performances at both the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and the World Cup in South Africa have been the black spots in Eto’o’s 2010. On both occasions he finished as the Indomitable Lions’ best scorer but the overall team out-put was poor.

Maybe he had this in mind because he wasn’t overly excited during the presentation of his individual award (which includes a car) and the World Club Cup trophy to Inter. It could also be that he wanted to contain his joy as a sign of respect for the day’s opponents who were representing Africa, his home continent.  

The Congolese team became the first African (and first non-European or South American) club to reach the final of this competition after they beat the representatives of North/Central America and South America in the quarter and sem-finals respectively.

TP Mazembe, that fielded Cameroon-born Narcisse Ekanga, crumbled under the weight of Inter’s experience and quality.

Ekanga, who played as a holding midfielder, displayed strong physical strength, doing his utmost to contain his compatriot (Eto’o) but he was also guilty of attempting rather dangerous tackles and was booked in the first half.

He would also need to rein-in his temper if he expects to progress at an international level. He was seen constantly protesting against the referee’s decisions and had to be called to order by Mazembe’s Senegalese coach Lamine Ndiaye.