- Djetei featured for Cameroon during the 2016 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) and AFCON 2017
- He was part of just four local players that made it to Gabon and returned as African champions
- He says nothing of his over ten years in football beats the Gabon triumph
Spain-based forgotten Cameroon international Mohamed Djetei Camara says winning the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Cameroon remains the best moment of an over a decade career in football.
The 29-year-old dropped the shocker earlier this week in an exclusive interview on Spanish tabloids which focused on his stop start career.
Djetei, one-time skipper of Union Sportive of Douala was a surprised inclusion in the Cameroon squad that stunt bookmakers to win the 2017 tournament in Gabon and says that feat of six years ago still remains fresh in his mind likely because of how significant it was.
“I still remember it like it was yesterday. It is the best thing I have achieved so far in my career,” the former Cordoba CF sweeper began.
Djetei formed part of four local players that surprisingly got the notch from then coach, Hugo Broos for the tournament. He Frank Boya, Georges Bokwe and Ngwem II Jonathan formed the local contingent in arguably Cameroon’s least talented team ever at the AFCON, but stunt Africa when they beat Egypt to confirm Cameroon’s fifth continental triumph.
The defender who didn’t feature at the tournament revealed what made Hugo Broos’ team tick.
“To me, the strength of the team was solidarity, togetherness and, above all, we were all looking at the same direction. We were like a family. We laughed together when we had to, and we also got serious when we had to.”
Unfortunately, the Albacete Balompié club center-back who won six caps for Cameroon hasn’t been recalled since after that triumph despite his strides at Gimnastic, Cordoba in the second tier of Spanish football.
The best moment of his career is certainly an unforgettable one for his compatriots and a lesson to many that doubt the power of hard work and believe even without talent.