Cameroon soccer star Samuel Eto’o believes an African team can pull off a shock at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, while slamming those who feel such a dream is absurd.
The four-time African Footballer of the Year is currently on a visit in Cote D’Ivoire to preside over a youth championship, but took time out to speak to reporters about the chances of African teams at the World Cup.
“I have the belief that all the qualified teams can create surprises at the World Cup and not just the traditional top favourites,” Eto’o said.
“Why don’t you think we should dream of an African team winning the World Cup for the first time? People never allow this thought to cross their minds and it is shameful. When you try to even say it, people look at you as if you’re joking, but they forget that dreaming is the first step to success,” he said.
Eto’o picked Cote D’Ivoire as one of the African teams with a huge chance of getting far at the tournament, but admitted the Indomitable Lions are in a tough group, although they are unfazed by the presence of host team Brazil.
“Cameroon are in a very tough group, but even if host team Brazil are top favourites, I believe anything can happen on the pitch. They can blow up their chances,” he said.
“We know we will get knocks to our head and we also know we’ll have the chance to unleash knocks. The most important thing is to know how to place your knocks and how to defend incoming knocks.”
Cote D’Ivoire will face Greece, Japan and Colombia, while Cameroon are pitted against Brazil, Croatia and Mexico.