Cameroon coach Otto Pfister paid tribute to Samuel Eto’o after the striker became the highest goalscorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 26-year-old scored his 15th and 16th Nations Cup goals in the Cameroon’s 3-0 win over Sudan.
“He (Eto’o) played his usual match, but in two or three moves he showed that he is truly world class.,” said Pfister.
“He is the best scorer in African history.”
When asked if Eto’o could be regarded as an African great, the German replied: “He passed this level a long time, he’s one of the best strikers in the world.”
Eto’o’s goals, the first of which saw him surpass former Ivory Coast striker Laurent Pokou, and an own goal by Mohamed Ali Khidir ensured Cameroon qualified as runners-up in Group C behind Egypt.
Cameroon now will face the winners of Group D, which will be decided on Thursday, in Tamale on Monday.
“Of course I am happy,” said Pfister. “We qualified. It wasn’t very spectacular, but now we will prepare for our quarter-final.
“We’ve been very efficient and scored 10 goals in the group stage, I don’t know many teams who have done that.
“We totally dominated the first half and, although we didn’t put on a great show, I’m happy we’ve qualified.
“We were confronted by a team which had nothing to lose. They fought well. We had a total domination but our domination was sterile.”