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2/11/2006 12:28 AM
I Am Not Afraid of Spot Kicks, Says Eto’o
Samuel Eto'o says he still wants to take penalties for Barcelona despite missing the spot-kick that put his country out of the African Cup of Nations.
The 25-year-old scored five goals in four games in Egypt but missed the decisive spot-kick in a dramatic 24-kick penalty shoot-out that saw Ivory Coast qualify for the semi-finals.
"Even if Ronaldinho was on the pitch, if I was feeling confident I would take a penalty," Eto'o said in the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
"Other important players have missed penalties before me and others will miss in the future.
"Ronaldinho missed a penalty the other day and he is the best player in the world."
Barcelona's first choice penalty-taker Ronaldinho is suspended for Sunday's top-of-the-table clash against second-placed Valencia, although the club are appealing against the decision.
Eto'o, the Primera Liga's top scorer with 18 goals, was involved in a war of words with Cameroon team mate Pierre Wome last October after another costly penalty miss for their country.
Cameroon were drawing 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier against Egypt - a game they had to win to qualify for the finals - when they were awarded an injury-time penalty.
Defender Wome struck his spot-kick against the post, which meant Cameroon failed to make it to Germany.
Eto'o claimed Wome took the penalty because the Inter Milan player had stepped up and said he was confident of scoring.
Wome responded: "I am very angry with Eto'o because what he said isn't true. We did not talk on the pitch but I took into account that he and the captain didn't feel up to it, so I went to take it.
"No one wanted to the take the penalty... because they knew what could have happened if they missed."
Wome, who scored the decisive penalty against Spain to win Sydney Olympics men’s football, had come from hero to zero after that match. That penalty miss caused him a place in Cameroon’s squad for Egypt, which had left the legendary Roger Milla bemoaning the coach decision as politically motivated.
"I regret he hasn't been picked. It's a pity," said Milla, the star of Cameroon's run to the 1990 World Cup finals.
"Everyone can miss a penalty. When he scored the last penalty in Sydney, no one said anything. We forgot quickly. Now we want to assassinate him.
"He is a super player who can bring a lot to the team. I hope his non-selection (for the Nations Cup) isn't political and that it's the choice of the coach (Artur Jorge)."
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