FIFA.com users tip Eto'o to shine
The action kicked off in earnest at the CAF Africa Cup of
Nations Ghana 2008 on Sunday. Ultimately, superstars such as Samuel
Eto'o, Didier Drogba and Co. are likely to make the decisive
difference at the eagerly-awaited continental showdown. The lithe
Cameroon goal-getter and the muscular full-blooded hitman from Côte
d'Ivoire have already gone head-to-head in a personal duel,
with the happier outcome for 26-year-old Barcelona striker
In our latest user poll, FIFA.com asked you to name the man likely to make the biggest impact on the Cup of Nations. The result could hardly have been closer. A total of 38.75 per cent of the votes went to Eto'o, handing him a wafer-thin margin of victory over Drogba. The 29-year-old Chelsea forward attracted 38.03 per cent of the votes cast.
The knife-edge result is yet another reflection of what most observers expect to be an exceptionally closely-fought tournament. Third place went to Drogba's Chelsea team-mate John Obi Mikel of Nigeria (10.01 per cent), fourth to Senegal star Mamadou Niang (7.12) of French top flight outfit Olympique Marseille, and fifth to Asamoah Gyan of Udinese and Ghana (6.09).
Global superstars Eto'o and Drogba also ran neck-and neck in each of the four FIFA.com language versions. The Cameroon striker won by a nose on the English and Spanish language sites, whereas French and German-speaking users gave the Côte d'Ivoire man the nod.
The exceptionally talented front men have another thing in common too: for both men, the quest for Cup of Nations honours in 2008 promises to be long and tough right from the start. Cameroon's Group C includes Sudan, Zambia and defending champions Egypt, while Côte d'Ivoire contest a strong Group B with Mali, Benin and highly-regarded joint favourites Nigeria.
Exclusively interviewed by FIFA.com, experienced Cameroon coach Otto Pfister reckoned that the tournament in Ghana could be the best Cup of Nations contest the footballing world has ever seen. Visit FIFA.com every day for all the latest news and views from Ghana.