Cyril Makanda-Etogo turns 40 today

By Beng Emmanuel
Sports writer Cameroon

Cyril Makanda-Etogo was born on May 5,1980 in Douala. It is in this same region of Cameroon that most basketball players were groomed. His case wasn’t different from theirs but his fate was visibly.

The quadragenarian who draws inspiration from renowned NBA legend Michael Jordan has played with 15 clubs in Russia, Germany and France including his country, Cameroon throughout his professional career. He has also played in Cyprus for APOEL but has spent more time in Russia haven played for four clubs. The 1.95 meter secondary ball handler’s story with the discipline has given him a wide range of experience and recognition.

His career began in the mid 90’s for Littoral outfit Dreams Douala were he spent four year (4) polishing his skills.

In 1999, he joined Russia’s Avtodor Saratov for just a year. Between 2000 and 2003,Cyril Makanda-Etogo had spells with three basketball clubs in Europe for a single year. The same scenario occured when the former Cameroonian guard played for nine other outfits in just eleven years.

He also represented Cameroon on the international scene and competed at the FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament for men in 2008 and FIBA Africa Championship of 2009. In fact, he was Cameroon’s leading scorers at the semi finals and bronze medal game although Cameroon lost both games and failed to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

His most memorable moments he says was during his move to France and his exploits with Pau-Orthez as well as his second championship title.

Like other shooting guards like James Harden, late Kobe Bryant and his idol Michael Jordan, he is remembered for his aggressive yet smart moves in disrupting oppositions and his consistent shots from outside, always a threat.

Happy Birthday Cyril Makanda-Etogo

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