By Charles Embola – Cameroon
Étienne Eto’o Pineda has revealed that he ‘cried like a baby’ and that ‘it was a dream come true to play for my national team and to sing the Anthem’.
Such is the feeling the 18-year-old U-20 lions striker expressed after pulling on the famous green of Cameroon.
Born in Spain to Mariam Pineda and living football legend Samuel Eto’o in 2002, Étienne made his debut for Cameroon in the unfolding U-20 Africa Cup of Nations currently taking place in Mauritania.
Prior to Cameroon’s elimination in the quarter-finals on Thursday against the black Satellites of Ghana 4-2 on penalties, Étienne Eto’o had already put a mark on the competition with two goals and two assists.
The lad who intends to follow in his father Samuel Eto’o’s legendary footsteps thinks he owes it all to his fatherland for the opportunity to play with complete new faces in the likes of John Bosco, Mila, Tchato all sons of ex-footballers.
Étienne Eto’o settled and gelled so well with his teammates that Cameroonians are hopeful their development is tracked in a bid to assure continuity.
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