By Giovanni Wanneh
The world’s greatest club show-piece is at our door steps, and a couple of cameroonians would act as ambassadors to the football extravaganza.
Let’s revisit the records and see those that stormed out of the blocks. Omam Biyik won the prize with Marseille in 1993, but he was in the shadow of greats like Voller and Abedi Pele, couple with the fact that he had little game time.
Geremi Sorele Njitap won two Champions League trophies with real Madrid during the early 2000 but acted as a psychic to his side, giving that the Galactico’s were just too star-studded for him to have gotten recognition.
The most decorated African player of all time (Eto’o), can boast of 3 champions League trophies he played an omnipresent and omniscient part in. He got 2 at Barcelona and one at Inter Milan, not counting his early erratic successes with Real Madrid.
Some special moments were recorded by Jean ii Makoun ; He scored his team’s solitary goal against Real Madrid that took them to the quarter finals in the 2010/2011 campaign.
Joel Matip in his tenure with Shalke 04 made the semi-finals, and later the finals with Liverpool.
Vincent Aboubakar was amongst the top goal-scorers in last year’s competition with 6 goals, and his highest height in the competition is the quarter finals.
Cameroonians that are bracing up for this year’s competition are Jean Pierre Nsame and Ngamaleu (Young Boy’s), Andre’ Onana (Ajax), Aboubakar Vincent (Porto), Chouppo-Moting (Paris Saint Germaine) and Joel Matip (Liverpool).