Cameroon and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o says it is a dream come true that the FIFA World Cup™ is being played in South Africa. Eto'o, 29, cannot wait for their opening match in the tournament on Monday, when they face Japan in Bloemfontein.

"It is incredible. I've always had this dream of playing in the World Cup in Africa and it's about to become a reality. When I'm in South Africa it will be the same as if I'm back in Cameroon. I've always said that, even before Cameroon, I belong to Africa. I might live in Europe but I sleep in Africa," he told The Mail & Guardian.

Eto'o celebrated his first season in Serie A by winning the treble - including the UEFA Champions League.

He added: "I'm so proud to be African in this World Cup. Like most Africans I had to work much harder and show much deeper belief than others.

"Most people see Africa only in terms of poverty and war, famine and disease. But this World Cup gives us the chance to show something different. I think the whole world is going to be really surprised by Africa. This could be the best World Cup in history."