Several years after Brazil football legend, Pele predicted that an African nation will win the World Cup, former Barcelona star, Samuel Eto’o believes the prediction will be fulfilled this years as he sees African teams delivering on their ‘potential’ and win the World Cup in Qatar.
And the four-time African Player of the Year has tipped his country, Cameroun to become the first African country to lift the trophy after overcoming the Atlas Lions in the final slated for December 18 at the Lusail Stadium.
‘Africa has always had the potential to deliver great World Cups, but we haven’t always shown our best face so far,” Eto’o is quoted as saying in a French publication, Ouest France.
”Over the years, African teams have gained more and more experience, and I think they are ready not only to participate in a World Cup but also to win this competition.”
”It would be a dream come true. For any player, winning titles is the ultimate goal. As president of our federation, I would love to see Cameroon win the World Cup.”
No African nation has ever gone past the quarter-finals in the World Cup with Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010) the only countries to have reached the last eight.
Eto’o has, however, predicted that Africa’s five representatives Cameroon, Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia and Senegal will advance to the knockout round with the Indomitable Lions, the Atlas Lions and Teranga Lions going through as group winners.