Eto’o claims record fourth African award

CAIRO, (Reuters) – Cameroon and Inter Milan striker  Samuel Eto’o set a new landmark for individual success in  African football yesterday after being named the continent’s  Footballer of the Year for a record-breaking fourth time.

The 2010 award came five years after his last triumph and  capped a year of unprecedented club success in which he also  extended his scoring record at the African Nations Cup finals.

The Cameroon captain finished ahead of Ivory Coast’s Didier  Drogba and Asamoah Gyan of Ghana in the polling for Africa’s top  individual prize, awarded at the Confederation of African  Football’s awards gala in Cairo.

Eto’o was African Footballer of the Year between 2003 and  2005 and his fourth award surpasses the three titles won by  Abedi Pele in the early 1990s.

Eto’o goal-scoring form helped Inter Milan to a triple of  titles last season, including the UEFA Champions League where  the 29-year-old was a winner for a second successive year.
He scored on Saturday as the Italians beat African champions  TP Mazembe Englebert in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.

Eto’o scored twice at the Nations Cup in Angola in January  to stretch his tournament record tally of goals to 18. He also  netted at the World Cup finals but later described Cameroon’s  poor performance in South Africa as the biggest disappointment  of his career.

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