Ngog sputters at Bolton
SuperSports looks at Cameroonians abroad as their clubs battled to make a difference in the various championships. Cameroonians in French Ligue 1 registered their names in the score sheet as Vincent Aboubakar and Aurelien Chedjou scored for Valenciennes and Lille.
Former Liverpool striker, David Ngog is yet to make a strong presence in Bolton and this weekend wasn’t a bright one for him. After struggling in vain to find the net in their Saturday championship game against Queens Park Ranger, Ngog was substituted. Despite failing to find the back of the net, the Cameroonian forward who recently declared his intention to play for the Indomitable Lions had an average output. Bolton however got a 2-1 win over Queens Park and barely moved out of the relegation zone to the 17th spot on the Premiership table.
Meanwhile, Somen A Tchoyi has lost his place in West Bromwich and has only watched his team play from the bench. This weekend also West Bromwich Manager Roy Hodgson didn’t give him a chance as they clashed with Manchester United. Tchoyi needs to up his game again to regain his regular place in the team.
In spite of Tottenham Hotspur’s 0-1 loss against Everton on Saturday, inform Benoit Assou Ekotto maintained his outstanding output. The left winger maintained his guard against the incursions of Everton strikers. He nonetheless got booked but got an overall positive rating.
Eric Maxim Choupo Moting didn’t score this weekend but he gave an assist that helped Mainz get one of her two goals against Nurnberg. He was also impressive in the game as he kept Nurnberg defense restless.
Joel Matip kept the momentum for Shalke 04 in his defensive midfield role. Shalke 04 thrashed Hamburger 3-1 and maintained its ambition for the league title. Matip meanwhile picked a yellow card in the game and had a modest output.
Marcel Ndjeng only came on as a substitute in Augsburg’s goalless draw against Borussia Dortmund and made little impact in the game.
Romeo Allan Nyom made a modest contribution in Grenada’s 0-2 defeat against Athletico Madrid. He got a yellow card in the process.
Stephane Mbia and Nicolas Nkoulou suffered defeat in the weekend as Marseille stumbled 0-1 against Ajaccio. In spite of his strong presence at the defense, Nkoulou and team mates failed to guard the Ajaccio strikers well.
Landry Nguemo has been the unsung hero of Bordeaux’s victories as he has continued to play a vital role in the midfield. He maintained his composure and contributed in his team’s 2-0 win over Stade Brestois. Bordeaux is certainly on fire as it battles for Ligue title.
Vincent Aboubakar wrote his name in the score sheet when Valenciennes took on Saint Ettiene. However, the Cameroonian’s 69th minute goal wasn’t good enough as Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Obameyang and Bakary Sako’s 73 and 77th minute goals frustrated Valenciennes’ hopes. Gaetan Bong couldn’t maintain an impeccable defense as they allowed Saint Etienne strikers to steal their victory. The Cameroonian defender got booked for a hard tackle.
Aurelien Chedjou was another unfortunate scorer this weekend as he could not celebrate victory at the end despite his goal. Notwithstanding his goal in extra time of the first half, Marseilles went down 1-2 against Olympique Lyonnais. Chedjou netted his extra time goal to pull one goal back after Lyon took the lead in the 12th and 38th minutes
Henri Bedimo and Montpelier got a 3-0 victory against SM Caen to maintain their chase for the Ligue 1 title. The defender however got the lone yellow card of his team.
Jean Armel Kana Biyik also got booked as he defended in Rennes 1-1 draw against Auxerre. The Cameroonian defender who saw his hopes of making a debut with the Indomitable Lions frustrated due to injury has convalesced. He made commendable input in the match as he is fast becoming an asset for his club.