BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
Henri Patrick Mboma Ndem is arguably one of the best finishers in the history of the Cameroon national team. In fact he is the third top scorer in the history of the Indomitable lions, behind Samuel Eto’o and Roger Milla. The native of Douala in the littoral region of Cameroon, had one of the shortest careers as Footballer, with just nine years with the Cameroon national team, and 13 year as a professional.
From the streets of Douala, passing through his time as a trainee in the early 90’s at Stade de l’Est Pavillonnais and Paris Saint Germain, Mboma had showed signs of a star in the making. Mboma was handed his first Cameroon cap in 1995, at the age of 25, under the reign of Jules Fredrick Nyongha.
An established goal getter, Patrick “magic” Mboma played two world cups with the Indomitable lions, in 1998 and 2002, and was instrumental in Cameroon’s Olympic triumph in Sydney 2000, and back to back AFCON trophies in the years 2000 and 2002. He managed 57 caps for the Indomitable lions, and notched home 33 goals, putting him on an excellent goal scoring ratio of 1.72 goal per game with the Cameroon national team.
At club level, Patrick Mboma has represented the colours of 10 clubs at senior level, notably Châteauroux, Paris Saint-Germain, Metz, Gamba Osaka m, Cagliari , Parma, Sunderland, Al_Ittihad, Tokyo Verdy and Vissel Kobe. Throughout these 10 clubs, Mboma made 263 appearances, scoring 109 times. In total, Patrick Mboma has played 320 games, scoring 109 career goals.
Mboma retired from international Football in 2004, but would wait till a year later, before hanging his boots and kissing goodbye from Football in May 2005, aged 35.
The former Paris Saint-Germain forward was noted for scoring long Rangers with his powerful left foot and has on several occasions made opponents to go down on their knees. He was on target for Cameroon in the 2000 AFCON final against Nigeria, before scoring again from the spot as Cameroon won on penalties.
Perhaps the most memorable moments of Mboma’s career and the history of the Indomitable lions, was Bicycle kick against France at the Stade de France on Octobre 4, 2000. Three days after grabbing an Olympic Gold medal in Sydney, Cameroon challenged then world champions, France in a friendly game at the Stade de France. With Indomitable lions already a goal down, Patrick Mboma produced a piece of sheer magic, as he scored a stunning over head kick, from a Pierre Wome Nlend throw. It is undoubtedly one of the best goals in the history of Stade de France as the game ended one all.
In terms of achievement, Patrick Mboma has won seven trophies, and six individual awards, which includes African footballer of the year 2000, BBC African footballer of the year 2000, AFCON top scorer in the 2000 AFCON, amongst others.
From his scintillating performance on the pitch, the 49_year_old is now bend on pursuing a career in coaching. He is a holder of a UEFA master’s degree in coaching, and former deputy coach of French Division 2 side, Paris FC.
In September 2019, Patrick Mboma declared his candidature for the post of head coach of the Cameroon National team, to replaced Clarence Seedorf, but the top job was eventually handed to Portuguese gaffer, António Conceição. Mboma is also a highly solicited Media consultant in some top media houses in Europe.
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