African superstar Samuel Eto'o is banking on fighting spirit driving Cameroon into the Cup of Nations quarter-finals tomorrow.
The "Indomitable Lions" tackle fellow former champions Tunisia in the Angola town and the stakes are high.
Victory for four-time title holders Cameroon over the "Carthage Eagles" and they are definitely through to the last-eight phase of the biennial African football showcase. A draw might suffice, depending on what happens between leaders Gabon and lowly Zambia at Ombaka Stadium in Benguela; a loss will condemn one of the pre-tournament title favourites to a humiliating early exit.
But three-time African Footballer of the Year and Inter Milan striker Eto'o says the thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Zambia last Sunday rekindled his pride in the national team.
"I was so proud to be Cameroonian that night, to be part of a team that displayed so much character and could rise to the occasion in the most difficult of situations," he said.
"It was a difficult match for us with Zambia playing so well and defeat stared us in the face midway through the second half, but we fought on knowing the implications of not securing maximum points."
Keep up with the latest business news from the region with the Emirates Business 24|7 daily newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.
Follow Emirates 24|7 on Google News.