It has been a tough footballing season to a number of Cameroonian footballers plying their trade abroad as their clubs are seriously engaged in the relegation battle.
From legendary Samuel Eto’o and Konyaspor to Freddy Mveng and FC Soin, they have all been battling to serve their various clubs from relegation from top flight football in different championships.
Since joining the Turkish Super Lig side in January 2018 from Antalyaspor, Eto’o and his teammates have failed to bring Konyaspor out of the red zone. They are currently on the 17th spot in a championship of 18 clubs. They currently have 24 points in 26 games played. If Konyaspor were to be relegated this season, it will be the first time the four-time African Best Player of the year is suffering relegation with a club in his 20-year-old football career.
In the English Premier League, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting’s Stoke City is occupying the 19 position in a championship of 20 clubs. Since joining Stoke City on August 7, 2017, the versatile forward has made a total of 30 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals.
The Potters, as they are fondly called, have won just six games, drawn nine and have suffered 16 defeats in 31 games played in the championship. Stoke City has suffered a series of relegations from top-flight football. Are they going to revamp the 1983–84 and 2002–03 seasons where they have been able to avoid relegation on the final day?
Still, in the Premier League, Allan Nyom’s West Bromwich FC is first from the bottom with 20 points in 32 games. The Baggies will need a miracle to survive relegation this year as they have recorded 20 points in 31 and are 10 points from safety. Nyom could be on the verge of experiencing his first relegation in his career if they don’t work the miracle of surviving. In 2004–05, they made a last-day “Great Escape”, when they became the first Premier League club to avoid relegation having been bottom of the table at Christmas.
In the French championships, three Cameroonians are battling relegation with their various clubs as the season draws to an end. In the French Ligue 1, Ibrahim Amadou’s Lille is currently on the 19th spot with just seven points from bottom place Metz. There is still hope for survival as they are just 3 points away from safety.
Assou-Ekotto and Metz are currently first from the bottom with 21 points in 30 games. However, the journey is not yet over for them as they could change their fate using the last eight games of the championship. In Ligue 2, goalkeeper Jules Goda’s Tours are at the bottom of the table with 18 points in 30 games. Their relegation to French National 1 championship could be confirmed in just a few days if they fail to turn the tides.
Two Cameroonians in the Spanish Segunda Division, second top-flight football in Spain, Fabrice Ondoa and Yan Eteki of Sevilla II, are battling it out to see they survive relegation as they are currently at the bottom, 22nd spot. They have just 19 points in 32 games and a doomed for relegation as they are 16 points from safety.
Just like his other compatriots, Jean-Claude Billong’s Benevento in the Italian Serie A is bound for relegation already. They have recorded just 10 points in 29 games and are first from bottom in a championship of 20 clubs. Since joining the Serie A side in December 2017, the Franco-Cameroonian has made not up to five appearances.
Christian Zock and Freddy Mveng, all playing for FC Sion in Switzerland, are closer to relegation this season. FC Sion is currently 10th in a league of ten clubs with just a single club relegated. On the 10th position, they have recorded 25 points in 25 games and are three points from safety. With just a few days of play left, there is still hope they could survive relegation this year.
Atlas FC of Serge Patrick Njoh Soko in the Mexican Liga MX is also in the survival battle. The winger’s club is 17th in a club in a championship of 18 clubs. They have registered 10 points after 13 days of play. The former Astres FC of Douala player will have the task of seeing his side get back to winning ways and survive relegation.