- Emmanuel Mahop has won the top scorer award in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea
- Mahop has settled for a move to Cotonsport despite interest from multiple clubs across the country including Canon Yaoundé for whom he scored 12 goals last season
- Mahop has penned a one-year deal with Cotonsport and has an option for another year
Former Canon Yaounde striker Emmanuel Mahopp Dikonge has joined Cotonsport on a one-year contract renewable.
Club sources have confirmed that the 28-year-old Cameroon international has put pen to paper at the club after weeks of negotiations on his return from a failed move to an undisclosed Saudi Arabian club.
The goalkeeper cum striker finished last season as top scorer in Cameroon’s flagship championship. Mahop’s 12 goals for Canon Yaounde fetched him the golden boot award in his debut and only campaign for the ten-time Cameroon champions.
The heroics from the former Akonangi of Equatorial Guinea forward earned him his first call up to the Indomitable Lions and he was nearly a scorer on his debut after coming on as a second half substitute in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier defeat away to Namibia in Pretoria, South Africa.
Mahop is expected to fix Coton’s goal scoring woes which have been exposed in as many ocassions this season as the club noted for his high scoring nature failed to find the net in two CAF Champions League preliminaries matches against Real Bamako plus domestic championship games against Stade Renard and Fauve Azur Elite.
On occasions they have scored like in games against Avion Academy and Victoria United FC, the team missed more than the chances taken, this explaining the decision to pay three millions FCFA for the services of Mahop and place him on a 350 000FCFA monthly salary as reported by LN Sport.
Mahop has all the time to prepare and make his debut on November 5 when Cotonsport welclomes familiar foes YOSA in a match day six fixture at the Roumde Adjia Annex stadium in Garoua.
Mahop trained as a goalkeeper at defunct Fundesport Academy, moved to Union Sportive of Douala and was in contention for the starters role with Anye Derick of Dynamo these days before joining DAC 2000 in their Elite 2 days and later moved to Fovu of Baham still as a goalkeeper.
He was eventually converted a striker by former Cotonsport and current Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon trainer Jean Baptiste Bisseck who took him to Equatorial Guinea and made the native of Douala a striker at Akonangi FC.
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