Etienne Eto’o relates to an old African adage goes that a fruit never falls too far from the tree.
Within the Cameroonian squad at the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations Mauritania 2021, this statement would have an even stronger affirmation.
In Coach Ousmanou Christophe’s 27-man squad, there is a son of former Indomitable Lions star Samuel Eto’o.
Etienne Eto’o look keen to pick up from where his famous father stopped.
Etienne Eto’o landmark performance
On Group A Matchday 3 game against Mozambique, Etienne Eto’o produced a man of the match performance.
The youngster scored a brace and assisting another in Cameroon’s 4-1 win.
Etienne is the son of perhaps one of the most famous Cameroonian players, Samuel Eto’o Fils.
Samuel is the most decorated African player of all time with four CAF African player of the year awards.
He has also won the Total Africa Cup of Nations twice with the Indomitable Lions.
The retired prolific striker also won an Olympic Gold Medal with Cameroon in the year 2000.
Eto’o has also won the UEFA Champions League, Club World Cup, three La Liga titles with Barcelona.
Eto’o has also won one Serie A title with Inter Milan among many other trophies.
It was only poetic that one of his sons would take after him and this would be the 18-year old Etienne.
Etienne Eto’o believes that he inherited his talent from his superstar father.
“I think sometimes it is natural that your father influences what you want to be in future,” Etienne said.
“It is just the same like for example when your father is a policeman, you might be interested in becoming a policeman too.”
“My father has played a huge role in my life and influenced me to take football as a career.”
“For me, it doesn’t feel strange and it is nothing special really. I just have to enjoy who my dad is but also keep working hard for myself,” he added.
Etienne currently turns out for Spanish Second Tier side Real Oviedo.
He came through the youth ranks at Real Mallorca, also in Spain where he was born.