Through the years, many great attacking partners at the club and international level have worn the numbers 9 and 10 in tandem. If Cameroon are to make a run at the 2010 World Cup, the dynamic duo of Samuel Eto'o and Achille Emana [pictured] will have to step up as one of the great one-two punches in the history of the World Cup.
Eto'o will be one of the four or five best strikers in the tournament, but his cerebral, predatory game is predicated on being fed the ball in advantageous positions.
Emana is no slouch. Being Cameroon's only great playmaker, he often drifts out of relevance when opponents focus on shutting him out. Given enough space, however, he combines quick, accurate passing with a deadly accurate finishing touch of his own.
Emana has a knack for scoring important goals in clutch situations, but he's at his best when setting up strikers like Eto'o. The Lions' two best offensive talents have been playing together for years, which has enabled each to anticipate the other's moves and tendencies.
Emana and Eto'o are key to Cameroon's success. On their game, they form a world-class attacking partnership, but if forced to play by themselves, opposing defenses can smother them.
It will take strong supporting play from the likes of Jean Makoun, Alex Song, and Eyong Enoh, as well as a serious secondary attacking threat, to give Emana and Eto'o room to work their magic.