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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 January 2006, 15:38 GMT
Cameroon 3-1 Angola
By Durosimi Thomas
BBC Sport, Cairo

Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o
Samuel Eto'o celebrates one of his goals against Angola

African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o scored a hat-trick for Cameroon as they easily overcame Angola 3-1 in Group B of the African Cup of Nations in Alexandria on Saturday.

The Barcelona striker's first goal was a beautifully struck free kick after 21 minutes from 25 metres out.

World Cup qualifiers Angola drew level 10 minutes later from the penalty spot, as Flavio converted after Akwa was brought down in the area.

Eto'o restored the Indomitable Lions lead just eight minutes later when he stooped to head home a cross from Rodolph Douala.

Angola had more of the possession in the second half, but created few chances, as Cameroon looked happy to soak up the pressure and defend their lead.

The introduction of Pedro Mantorras for Angola in the second-half also seemed to spark the Palancas Negra into life.

Indeed Mantorras almost equalised in the 65th minute when he headed wide from a cross by another second-half substitute Ze Kalanga, the narrow miss angered Eto'o who felt Angola should have given Cameroon the ball back after they put the ball into touch so Rigobert Song could recieve treatment.

Cameroon and Eto'o sealed the victory 12 minutes from time when he fired home an unstoppable shot from outside the area.

The scoreline could have been more for the Indomitable Lions with Jean Makoun, Achille Webo and substitute Pierre Boya all coming close to scoring close.

The Indomitable Lions next match is on Wednesday against Togo, while Angola face the DR Congo on the same day.

  • Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o:
    "It was important to win the first game.

    "I don't know what we can do in the whole tournament but on a good day, we can beat any team."

  • Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves:

    "Normally, I speak about the performance of a team, but in this case, we agreed that Eto'o made the big difference.

    "Cameroon showed all of us how strong they are."

    Clockwatch: Cameroon 3-1 Angola
    21 Jan 06 |  African


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