What most Cameroonians don’t know is that before Samuel Eto’o left Fc Barcelona in 2009 with a record of 129 goals, he took a group of young talented and aspiring soccer players from Cameroon (aged 11-16) through the Samuel Eto’o Foundation with hopes that they will perfect their soccer skills and make it to the first team someday.
These youngsters performed extremely well at the Barcelona Academy and drew a lot of attention from sports journalists and soccer critics with some referring them as the new Eto’os, new Messi, new Piques, new Iniesta etc due to their similar playing styles. Fans who have been following up these new generation’s soccer route hoped that one day they will break barriers and play for A-list teams in Europe like Barcelona, real Madrid, Chelsea.
However, through the years they have been sold off, loaned to different teams, a majority of which are playing in unpopular leagues in Europe.
Wilfrid Kaptoum (Still Plays With Fc Barcelona as a central Midfielder)
Alexis Meva (Plays for Portland Timbers, American Soccer League)
Alain Richard Ebwelle ( Plays for Marbella Fútbol Club, Spain 2nd Division)
Adre Onana (Plays for Ajax Amsterdam)
Armand Ella (plays for South African Club Free State Stars in the ABSA Premiership)
Gael Etock (Plays for Finish Club JJK Jyväskylä and once signed to Chelsea FC)
Those listed above were the first to get into Barcelona academy through Eto’o’s Foundation. A second group consisted of:-
Jean Maria Dongou who succeeded in playing for Barcelona Team A and is currently signed to Zaragoza as forward
Lionel Enguene highly considered as the new Messi because of his dribbling skills currently plays for Second division team CD Lugo (Spanish League)
Macky Franck Bagnack Plays for Real Zaragoza Joseph Fabrice Ondoa have all left, having been at the club many years.
Joseph Fabrice Ondoa considered Cameroon’s Hero in modern soccer for his excellent goalkeeping skills and definitely a goalkeeper FC Barcelona will regret selling.
All these young Cameroonian soccer stars are still starting their careers as professional players and have a long a beautiful journey ahead of them. Eto’o did a great job scouting and sponsoring their soccer careers from academy level till now when Players like Fabrice Ondoa is making Cameroon proud at the moment.