Where are the Lions of the French odyssey? The second part of the dossier produced by La Nouvelle Expression focuses on Modeste Mbami, Njitap, Eto’o, Emana, Njiefi, Kweuke, Mettomo, Epalle and Gustave Bahoken.
Modest Mbami: Emperor in Colombia
The 34-year-old Olympic gold medalist wants to live his passion to the dregs, and still sees himself capable of playing football. Modeste Mbami returned to Colombia at FC Millonarios in Liga Aguilla (Colombia) where he has already spent a semester and played 15 games with the Bogota team.
Geremi Njitap: I swear on behalf of footballer
Football is his life. After a rich football career to be stirred in the big clubs of Europe, the former right back of the Lions has reconverted himself in the administration of football. He is an advocate of the interests of Cameroonian footballers, and since last year has been president of the National Union of Cameroonian footballers (Synafoc), doubled his cap as a member of the executive committee of the FECAFOOT.
Samuel Eto’o: the captain of Antalyaspor
He continues to rub shoulders with world football, despite his thirty-six candles. The best scorer in the history of the Lions remains active and still regale his talent on the European meadows with his club Antalyaspor. Eto’o is also captain of this Super Lig Turkish team, with which he is linked until 2018.
Achille Emana: Eto’o can, me too
It is with Eto’o as for Emana. The former median of the Lions still has the ants in his legs, and enjoys a rather serene career end at the Gimnastic of Tarragona in Liga Adelante, the second division in Spain. Even though he suffers from some physical problems at the moment, Achille Emana, 35, continues to live his passion on the green rectangle.
Pius Ndiefi: The pro at the rescue of amateurs
At 41-year old, the Cameroonian striker is struggling to leave the football lawns, even if he no longer plays at the high level. “Tortue Ninja” brings his experience to the service of Harly-Quentin (promotion interdistrict) in Aisne, France, where he also holds a position of Sports Director, in charge of the U10 of this training. He also plans to spend his coaching diplomas next year.
Eric Kwekeu: soon a career as a coach?
The 37-year-old Cameroonian goalkeeper was still active until last season, and kept the poles of Gabon’s CF Mounana club. He was also crowned champion of Gabon in 2016 with this team. He is no longer in the squad this season, and would already consider his conversion. Last August, Eric Kwekeu, second goalkeeper at the 2003 Confederations Cup, was awarded a High-Level Caretaker Coach Certificate after a Fifa training seminar at the Caf Center of Excellence in Mbankomo.
Lucien Mettomo: The indomitable Team manager
For his re-conversion after the lawns, the native of Douala is committed to Synafoc where he is the second vice-president. In addition, he was promoted to Team Manager of the National Under-17 Team in February 2016.
Joël Epalle: Trainer in full
Among the heroes of France 2003, he is one of the first to have reconverted to the training. Holder of a diploma of football coach (Bef) obtained in 2015 in the same way as Patrick Mboma, Epallé was already in command of the Val d’Europe as a player-coach. Since then, he has been successful in success with this amateur team, which has just entered the regional superior division of the Paris-Ile-de-France League. He had been assigned this goal over a seven-year time-frame, but he reached it long before, mixing his qualities as a former experienced player.
Gustave Bahoken: stop at football, place at school
He gave football in his own way, but did not expect much. Unlike others who have reconverted into training or administrative management, Garoua’s former Coton Sport player has returned to the benches. He is currently taking a training course in Angers in France, in commercial action, with a view to obtaining a professional diploma in this field and better considering his retirement.