Recently initiated Indomitable Lions of Cameroon forward Daniel Namaso Edi-Mesumbe Loader celebrated his latest call-up to the national team with a goal against 10-man Chaves to help FC Porto edge the hosts 3-1 in match day 23 of the Portuguese Liga Nos Pro.
On the weekend the former Wycombe Wonderers and Reading FC forward was included in Cameroon’s provisional squad for the AFCON 2023 qualifier games against Namibia, he delivered a tireless and truly selfless performance. Loader ran the channels and pressed the back line relentlessly – underlining his role as a defensive forward.
The hundred of home fans who turned out at the Municipal Stadium Engineer Manuel Teixeira Branco were hoping their side could pick the pockets of Sérgio Conceição’s men.
Porto started the game pressing high as they needed maximum points to close the 11 points gap Benfica had opened earlier in the day.
The visitors rewarded in the opening moments when Loader, 22, dribbled past a crowd on the edge of the box with assuredness and composure, before finding the bottom corner of the goal protected by Rodrigo Nascimento.
Portuguese forward Otávio Edmilson da Silva Monteiro doubled the visitors advantage two minutes before the break as they exposed the Chaves defence with almost a similar move.
Steven Vitoria converted a 53 minute penalty to give the hosts hopes of a comeback but a red card to forward Jo 20 minutes later made it more daunting.
Porto with a man better scored in added time through Tony Martinez and held their lead all the way to seal their 17th victory in 23 games this season and reduce Benfica’s advantage at the top to eight points ahead of the home fixture against Portimonense next Saturday.
Loader in his first full season with the Dragons first team has scored one goal and made one assist in 13 games.
He was born in Reading, England to quasi-Cameroon and English parents but pledged his sporting allegiance to the five-time African champions late last year and was even named in the provisional squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
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