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Oh Ngadeu…. Football is cruel !

by Lesley Ngwa
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Meanwhile, I feel so sorry for this man. Michael Ngadeu was not only brutally left out of the 2022 fifa World Cup, the player will also not be present against Namibia.

Ngadeu was one of the architects of Cameroon’s 2022 fifa World Cup qualification. Forget about the fact that it was his headed assist that enabled Karl Toko Ekambi to score that almighty goal against Algeria in Blida.

Ngadeu first put Cameroon at the forefront of qualification into the playoffs stage with his lone goal against Mozambique on November 10, 2021 in Morocco. We are in the second qualification phase and Cameroon must beat Mozambique to go through.

3pm at the Douala international airport, the players and staff are ready to board the plane for Morocco. But suddenly, they would change their minds, resisting to board the national carrier, Camair.co.

They want a different chattered plane or else they are not travelling. Several hours of negotiations flip through but Vincent Aboubakar and his team mates had made up their minds; a different aircraft or no travelling! Fresh negotiations are then with Angolan airways to transport the boys via Boeing 737-700 TAAG. The plane has to leave from Portugal and will only touch Cameroonian soil the following day. And so, the lions are forced to spend an extra night in Douala.

The team finally leaves Douala for Tanger, Morocco, at about 10pm the following day upon the arrival of the Angolan chartered Airbus. I was onboard that aircraft accompanying the national for state duties as well.

We arrived in Morocco at around 4am and used about an hour or so for the usual l airport procedure. It was already 6am when the boys checked-in to their hotel. And the game has to be played at 2pm the same day upon arrival. Mozambique had jetted in almost 4 days earlier.

2pm and it’s game time! Fatigue quickly sets in and this is very visible on our boys. They would manage not to concede in the first half thanks to some mercurial saves from goalkeeper Devis Epassy Mboka. It was his second official outing as first choice goalkeeper following the suspension of André Onana.

Second half (68th minute) and the stallion, Michael Ngadeu does the magic for Cameroon. A brilliantly taken corner kick drops inside the 6-yard box and as Mozambique’s goalkeeper Hernani Siluane tries to punch the ball, it lands on Ngadeu’s head. The rest belongs to history.

Cameroon wins the game 1-0 and keeps the pressure on group leaders Côte D’Ivoire, thanks to Michael Ngadeu’s goal. The long and short of this story is that Ngadeu bailed out Cameroon from jail in a match the lions travelled the same day and arrived the same day to play.

He is so strong both on the ground and in aerial ball dwells. He is also a leader on the pitch. He is mature and very tough mentally. Mike could stick his neck on any rough tackle without thinking twice. The Lions will definitely miss his qualities as a team leader in and out of the dressing room.

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