Alexandre Song will not lock horns with Eto’o Fils in the UEFA Champions League. Not as yet. The draw organised at Nyon, in Switzerland this 20 March 2009, pits the current leaders of the Spanish La Liga, Samuel Eto’o’s FC Barcelona against Bayern Munich. Instead of buckling up in readiness of the tackles from his midfield colleague in the Indomitable Lions’ den, Eto’o would be focusing on outscoring Frank Ribery and Luca Toni. The Frenchman, Ribery is the talisman of the German side and the Italian, Toni, a real prowler in the 6 yard box.
The young gunner, Song who is suspended for three games at national team level would be looking to replicate the nice form he has been displaying of recent when Aresnal takes on Villareal of Spain. A beautiful backhill pass against Burnley and a classy chip into the penalty box led to Arsenal’s two goals against the championship side at the 8th finals of the FA Cup.
Cameroonians may also have a reason to watch the all-English duel between Chelsea and Liverpool. No, not because they must watch the fifth confrontation between these two sides in Champions in the past five years. It would be to look out for David Ngog, the young Reds striker. That particular Frenchman is of Cameroonian origin and some fans still hope he would opt to dorn the green-red-yellow outfit for Cameroon.
The other fixtures may be of lesser direct importance in terms of Cameroonians involved. However, holders Manchester United against 2004 victors FC Porto is always a football game worth watching. Considering the huge number of Man United fans in Cameroon, there is certainly some attaention to be spared for that encounter. All first leg matches will be played on the 7th and 8th of April and the return leg matches on the 14th and 15th April.
Meantime, there are comparatively more Cameroonians to be seen in the UEFA Cup. Hamburg with its two Cameroon internationals – Timothy Atouba and Marcel Djeng and the possible Lion Hervé Tchoupo Moting (if he agrees to drop Germany) – will be up against Manchester City.
French side Olympic Marseille that knocked-out Ajax Amsterdam last Wednesday not withstanding the opening goal by Cameroonian born Eyong Enoh for Ajax, will be up against Shaktar Donestk from Ukraine. Modeste Mbami, who started in the place of Loric Cana in the centre of midfield against Ajax, shall represent the land called Cameroon, in a team that includes an Ivorian (Koné), a Senegalese (Niang) and a Nigerian(Taiye Taiwo).
Adel Epoula, the promising goalkeeper who was called-up by coach Otto Pfister for the friendly against Guinea last February but who once played for Armenia is part of the Paris St. Germain story at this season’s UEFA Cup. He was in goal for the goaless tie between Sporting Braga and the French side. Sadly he only had to watch from the bench as PSG defeated Sporting 1-0 on Thursday 19 March. Sporting happens to be where Albert Meyong Zé plays professional soccer. But the Indomitable Lions striker is badly injured which may explain Otto Pfister’s decision to re-call the technically limited Pierre-Achille Webo (Majorca, Spain).
The final UEFA Cup fixture is between Wome Nlend’s old club Werder Bremen and Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine). All matches are scheduled for 9 April (away) and 16 April (return).