Eto`o display gives Cameroon World Cup boost

AFP| Updated: Jun 02, 2014, 14:37 PM IST

Moenchengladbach: Cameroon coach Volker Finke says Chelsea striker Samuel Eto`o gave his side a timely World Cup boost with an impressive display in their 2-2 friendly against Germany.

The 33-year-old Cameroon captain had laboured with groin and hamstring injuries during the Indomitable Lions pre-World Cup camp in Austria.

But the Chelsea star, who is now a free agent and has been linked to a move to Arsenal, produced an impressive display over 92 minutes against Germany in Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

He was a constant menace to the hosts` defence and put Cameroon ahead with a well-taken 62nd-minute strike.

And he created the best chance of the first-half with a superb defence-splitting pass which Benjamin Moukandjo failed to convert.

With 114 caps and now 55 goals for Cameroon, Eto`o is a key factor in his country`s bid to reach the World Cup knock-out stages for the first time since 1990.

"I`m pleased he lasted so long out on the pitch after coming to us injured from Chelsea, we`ll have to see how he is in the next few days," said Finke, who will submit his final 23-man squad on Monday.

"With his quality, he always presents himself in dangerous situations and he`s simply an exceptional striker."

Eto`o missed last Thursday`s 2-1 friendly defeat against Paraguay and Cameroon`s German boss Finke had said the veteran would "only play a few minutes" against Germany.

Finke`s Indomitable Lions play their final warm-up match against Moldovia in Yaounde on Saturday having drawn with Germany after Eric Choupo-Moting`s late equaliser.

Their opening World Cup match is against Mexico on June 13 in Group A where they also face Brazil and Croatia.

"It was important to get a good result against Germany and show what we can do, but the all important thing for us now is June 13," added Finke.