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Eto’o African king

Eto’o African king

Inter Milan and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o was named African Footballer of the Year for a record fourth time at the annual CAF awards ceremony in Cairo today

The 29-year-old native of Central Town Nkon finished ahead of first-time finalist Asamoah Gyan of Ghana and former winner Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire in a poll among national coaches on the continent.

Eto’o, who won the most prestigious African football individual honour three years in a row from 2003, was voted the best player at the FIFA Club World Cup won by his Italian team Inter Milan last Saturday.

The Cameroonian scored a clinical, close-range second goal in a 3-0 triumph over TP Mazembe from Democratic Republic of Congo, the first African club to reach the final of the competition.

Inter are now champions of the world, Europe and Italy and the goals of former Real Madrid, Real Mallorca and Barcelona star Eto’o have played a pivotal role in those successes.

Other award winners included Al-Ahly and Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan (African-based player) and Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah (Most Promising Talent) while Ghana was predictably named the best national team.

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