Where are the Lions of the French odyssey? From Schäfer to Djemba, via Mezague, Marc-Vivien Foé, Nana, Job, Idrissou and André-Joël Eboué, we are this time on the third and last part of this dossier.
Valéry Mezague: Mysterious disappearance
“His” soul has been resting for three years in Baleveng, a village in the Menoua division, western region. He was buried after his death in 2014 in France, when he had just joined the club du Var (Cfa2). The former Sochalian had been found dead in his apartment in Toulon, under mysterious circumstances.
Marc-Vivien Foé: Heroes in the dungeons
The emotion remains lively, as Cameroon prepares to take part again in the Confederations Cup. The epic of 2003 in France always keeps a bitterness after the mention of the name of Marc-Vivien Foé, who had gave up the soul during this competition during a Cameroon-Colombia (1-0) in semi final. On 26 June, will be the fourteenth anniversary of the death of this hero in his country, whose infrastructure, a sports complex initiated in Biteng, remains without brushwood.
Mohammadou Idrissou: After football, follows fashion
It’s not just football in life. There is fashion too. This is the new activity of the former player of Kaiserslautern, at least since he hung up his boots at the beginning of the year after a last freelance at the KFC Uerdingen, a fifth division amateur club in Germany. Idrissou launched a line of clothing stamped with its label “Mo the Lion“, and opened many fashion stores for the marketing of his products in the German city of Werne.
Eric Djemba Djemba: Forever with ball on the feet
The former Lion and team-mate of Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United may be out of the professional football circuit but he remains active in amateur football. He is now a FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues in the second Interregional League of Switzerland, and is now working for one of the club’s sponsors. He is under contract with the team until the end of June.
Nana Ngassam Falemi: Romanian Emperor
The Cameroonian defensive midfielder born in Romania did not stay in Cameroon for a long time, but he is one of the former Lions finalists of the 2003 Confederations Cup. The Bucharest native spent most of his playing career in Romania , And works for the development of football in this country. He recently organized in May an amateur football competition, called “Intercartiere Cup“, and supported by the Romanian federation. In addition, he has graduated as coach and headed the Arges Mihailesti team in the fourth division of Romania.
Joseph-Désiré Job: Businessman away from the lawns
At 39-year old, “Mademoiselle” speaks of football only as a passion of childhood. At the end of his career, he embarked on business, and not the least. He has chosen a promising and crucial sector for the development of African countries: renewable energy. Job is currently Co-director of the Cameroonian company Camerounaise d’Energie, partner in Africa of the French company Diffuselec, specialized in the promotion of renewable energies.
André-Joël Eboué: furniture for survival
He was one of the Lions porters in 2003, and actor of the French expedition. He also did not put long in the den. He, like most former internationals, has settled in Paris. Eboué has temporarily withdrawn from football, and is more dedicated to his job with the French subsidiary of the Swedish group IKEA, specialized in furniture and decoration.
Winfried Schäfer (coach): in search of landmarks
The winner of AfCON 2002 with Cameroon, also led the Lions to the final of the Confederations Cup in 2003, before leaving the Cameroonian selection the following year. Meanwhile, he has gone through Thailand, and recently Jamaica. Schaefer has never been freeloaded in Africa since his departure from the Jamaican selection, and his name was regularly cited this year when the Fennecs of Algeria were looking for a coach, and even among the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire.