After fulfilling his duties as a Draw Assistant at Saturday’s Preliminary Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Cameroonian goalscoring legend Samuel Eto’o gave us his view on what to expect in the African Zone, where the first round of the qualifying competition begins on 5 October.
“The gap between the strongest teams and the less-fancied ones has closed a lot. In fact, there’s hardly a gap to speak of anymore,” said Eto’o.
“I remember going into matches ten or 15 years ago thinking: ‘There’s such a big difference between us that we’re bound to win’. But these days you’re thinking: ‘This team is going to make life hard for us’, which is great for Africa as a whole.”
“I wish all the teams luck, though. It’s sure to be a very tough battle because there’s not much to choose between the sides. I hope every match is played in a spirit of fair play and with the African atmosphere that we all know and love. And I hope I can go and watch a game or two.”