By AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
24_year_old Cameroonian shot stopper Fru Anye Derrick, has made a triumphant return to the Cameroon league one Championship, in Panthere’s 1#0 win over APEJES of mfou this Sunday, October 20, 2019, at the CAF excellence center in Mbankomo.
Anye Derrick pulled a series of saves to prevent home side APEJES of mfou from finding the back of his net, as Panthere sportive of Nde made a winning return to Cameroon’s top flight.
Speaking to kick442.com after the win, Fru Anye Derrick said “I’m so excited because it is the start of the championship and we needed this victory. Panthere is making a comeback into the top flight, so we needed to keep the momentum”.
After spending last season with Saudi Arabia top tier side Al Shoulla Club, Derrick discussed his return to Cameroon. “I didn’t have enough playing time out, so I preferred returning home so that I can be more involved and the rest will come as time goes on”.
Panthere sportive of Nde struggled to breakdown a solid APEJES side in the first segment, until Emmanuel Ondoa’s decisive 83rd minute strike. But Anye Derrick says they used the first half to study APEJES.
“Before coming we didn’t have much information about APEJES. So we needed much time to read the game and in the second half the much needed goal came”.
The former Union sportive of Douala’s shot stopper has taken part in two African Nations championships with the intermediate lions of Cameroon, and his return to the country comes at a time when Cameroon is preparing to host the 2020 CHAN.
“Yeah I just want to participate in the CHAN again, so I just have to work hard. I know it’s difficult because there are other players also, but at least the best will come”.
Just fresh from a short spell with Al Shoulla in Saudi Arabia, Derrick reflected on his stay in the middle East. “When I arrived there, it was already the first day of play. Before adapting to the team, it took me alot of time, so I had some injuries but when I was fit, I played some games and kept a couple of clean sheets, but it was not enough for me, so I needed more playing time”, said Anye.
He continued ” our coach was sacked, and when the new coach came it was so complicated for us Africans. It was not only me alone”.
Now under the control of Charles Kamdem and Augustine Tchoupo at Panthere, the goalie is seemingly enjoying his stay with the Nzui Manto. “I’m so happy to work with these two great coaches”.
With a clean sheet recorded, Fru Anye Derrick is Looking forward to Panthere’s next league game on Wednesday, against either Astres of Douala or PWD of Bamenda.
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