NAIROBI - Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o wants to break the individual goal record for a single Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) at this month's finals.
"I would like to take Cameroon as far as possible, to even win the tournament," the 29-year-old Inter Milan player told Reuters in an interview in the Kenyan capital yesterday.
"But my first objective will be to score the highest number of goals at a single Afcon," added the triple African Footballer of the Year.
Cameroon begin their Group D campaign against Gabon on January 13. They take on Zambia four days later before meeting Tunisia.
Eto'o, who will captain the Indomitable Lions in Angola and at the World Cup in South Africa in June, already holds the record as the highest overall scorer (16 goals) in the Afcon.
Congolese Mulamba Ndaye's nine goals for then-Zaire in Egypt in 1974 is the record by a player at the finals.
Eto'o, who joined Inter from Barcelona in July in a swap with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, won the Golden Boot as top scorer for the second consecutive Nations Cup when he notched up five goals in Ghana in 2008.
That year Cameroon lost to Egypt in the final. Eto'o also hit five goals in Egypt in 2006.
"Although we have a pretty good team (this year) all the teams are equal and have a chance of winning," said Eto'o, who lifted the Afcon cup in 2000 and 2002.
"I don't want to make any predictions."
Eto'o, who missed Inter's Italian Serie A early kickoff against Chievo yesterday after Cameroon turned down the club's request to delay his departure to Angola, said European teams paid big wages and had the right to demand the services of their players.
But he said that the Afcon could not change dates to fit the seasons of European teams. - Reuters