Fredrick Musisi Kiyingi
24 January 2012
Samuel Eto'o has backed Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba to lift the Orange Africa Cup of Nations.
The 30-year-old striker is in Libreville as an ambassador of SANS SIDA, a non-government organisation fighting Aids, founded by Gabonese first lady Sylivia Bongo Ondimba.
Eto'o, in a blue suit and tie, at first declined to talk about football other than his mission, but could not resist endorsing his friend Drogba, 33, to lead the Elephants to victory. "I am wishing Drogba all the best. At his age, he needs the victory more," he said.
Cameroon along with other regular campaigners Nigeria and Egypt did not make it to the 2012 finals. Cameroon finished second behind Senegal.
On his mission, he appealed to everyone on the continent to fight Aids.
"Roger Milla influenced my career and I want every young kid to have a role model. Let us try to be open with the young society about the danger of the Aids. It should not be a taboo," the four times Africa Football player said.
Eto'o was suspended for 15 months by the Cameroon Federation after the team refused to play a friendly match against Algeria in November. However after a public outcry, the ban was early this month reduced to eight months, meaning he will miss four competitive matches. This was after the intervention of country's president Paul Biya who, asked the federation to reconsider the controversial sanction.
The celebrated striker currently plays his club football in Russia with Anzhi.
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