By Ben Efe
Inter Milan and Cameroon star, Samuel Etoâ€™o will be going head to head for the Angola 2010 golden boot award.
Etoâ€™o emerged the top scorer at the last edition of the Nations Cup in Ghana and he has reiterated his desired to main the top stop when the tournament begin Sunday. But Etoâ€™o has to contend with Drogba who is spearheading Ivorian campaign to win their second nations cup. There are other strikers like Emmanuel Adebayor, Freddie Kanoute, and maybe Obafemi Martins who would want to stake a claim to the top scorer title.
However, it would a straight fight between Drogba and Etoâ€™o who coincidentally are top candidates for the African football of the year award. Outside the nations cup both players have somewhat instituted a rivalry and there has been a long debate about who is the most potent finisher in club and international duty.
Etoâ€™o holds the Nations Cup overall scorer record with 16 goals. He won the golden boot at Egypt 2006 and Ghana 2008 respectively. Etoâ€™o has made 89 appearances for Cameroon and scored 42 gaols. He was Cameroon leading scorer in their qualification campaign for the World Cup and this season he has scored eight goals in 16 appearances for Inter Milan, before joining Inter at the start of the 2009 campaign he scored 108 goals for Barcelona of Spain in 145 appearances.
Drogba is making his third and perhaps his final Nations Cup appearance for the Elephants, this could be the year of reckoning. For him Angola 2010 will put to rest the debate of who is the best finisher on the African continent. The big Ivorian striker who alongside Jermain Defoe and Wayne RooneyÂ is joint top scorer on the Premier league scorer chart with 14 goals as at January 5 has made 61 starts for Coteâ€™ d Ivoire and scored 42 goals.
No doubt the strikers will make it count in Angola 2010 and surpass the 99 goals that was scored in Ghana 2008, it was the first time that much number of goals would be scored in the tournament, with Etoâ€™o and Drogba leading the way there is a possibility that the Nations Cup goals tally would hit the 100 mark.