Cameroon’s Stephane Mbia and his team-mates of Olympic Marseille have won the French Ligue 1 title this season after beating Rennes 3-1 on Wednesday to go 8 points clear of their immediate followers with only two days of play left.
The winner of the Africa under-17 championships with Cameroon in 2003 displayed composure and strength in his new role as a central defender.
Mbia joined Marseille from Rennes last August at the behest of coach Didier Deschamps who planned to use him as holding midfielder in-front of the back four.
Half-way through the season the former French international realised that his initial central defensive duo -Diawara and Gabi Heinze – was struggling and Marseille was losing ground in the race for the title. He switched Mbia to partner Diawara and threatened to drop the Cameroonian to the bench if continued to protest about his new role. Marseille have now won both the French League Cup and the French elite league since that vital switch.
As Mbia danced on the pitch of the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, Samuel Eto’o jubilated at the Stade Olympico in Rome where his Inter Milan side had defeated AS Roma 1-0 in the final of the Italian Cup.
It is Eto’o’s first trophy with the Milan side and he could end up winning a treble (Champions League, Italian League and Italian Cup) with the Italians after doing same with FC Barcelona last season.
Over in England, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sébastien Bassong joined the rest of Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham to celebrate a qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 1-0 to go four points clear of their opponents with only a game to play before the season ends.
Asssou-Ekotto was brilliant at left-back and played the full 90 minutes. Bassong was on the bench on this occasion but he did not miss the party at the end, dancing joyfully with his mates.
In Turkey, the former captain of the Indomitable Lions, Rigobert Song, lifted the country national football Cup with his club Trabonzpor. They defeated the Fernabache of Instabul 3-1.
Cameroonians should be expecting these players who have contributed immensely to the success of their clubs would do same come June in South Africa at the World Cup for the Indomitable Lions.