The focus must have been on Samuel Eto’o during mid-week league and cup games across Europe. And rightly so, as the Inter striker scored his third goal of the season in his team’s 3-1 win over Napoli. However, the good news came from Tottenham Hotspur which declared Sébastien Bassong fit after he was stretchered off the pitch on Sunday with a concussion. He was rested, alongside his compatriot Assou-Ekotto, when Spurs demolished Preston 5-1 in the English League (Carling) Cup.
Sadly, it was a bad day at work for most of Cameroon’s England based defenders.
Full-back George Elokobi played full time for Wolverhampton but the they lost 0-1 to Manchester United. Stephane Bikey’s Burnley lost 2-3 to Barnsley, a club from the lower leagues. Although Geremi Njitap came in as a substitute at the 60th minute of play, Newcastle were knocked-out of the competition by Peterborough (2-0).
In Spain, Frank Song’o’s appearance as a 73rd minute substitute in Zaragosa’s 1-1 draw with Sporting Gijon, in the Spanish league needs to be mentioned. The son of Cameroon’s former skipper and goalkeeper, Jacques Songo’o, is seen by many as one of the Cameroon’s brightest football prospects.
After a terrific performance with the under-23 Lions at the Olympics last year, he was selected a couple of times by Otto Pfister. He is seen as a potential winger or substitute front-man given his dribbling skills and guile. Sadly, he has played only 49 minutes of competitive football this season; twice coming from the bench.
As for the rest of the Spanish contingent: Ngom Kome played the full 90 minutes in Tenerife’s 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Kameni was between the sticks when Espanyol Barcelona edged Malaga 2-1. Pierre Achille Webo played for 75 minutes before being substituted in Majorca’s 0-2 defeat to FC Sevilla. It was Webo’s first game as a first choice player this season.
In the French league Cup, it is worth noting that Marcus Mokake played for 85 minutes in the attack line of Sedan (division 2) which beat Auxerre (division 1) 3-1. Mokake has not been called up since Le Guen took over the helm of the Indomitable Lions. Alo’o Efoulou, who has the Frenchman’s confidence, started for Nancy and made an assist in the first of two goals his team scored against Monaco. He was substituted at the 57th minute while Nicolas Nkoulou played the full 90 minutes for Monaco.
On Saturday and Sunday, the boys will be back on European turfs for league action, ahead of European Champions League Games next Tuesday and Wednesday. By then they should have known the players selected for the World Cup qualifier against Togo scheduled for 10 October in Yaounde.