By Eyong Macdella
18-year old Ecole Du Brasseries produced, Carlos Noom Balepa started for Lille FC in their preparation 1-0 win game against Cadiz at the Marbella Football Center.
Mohamed Bayo fooled goalkeeper Jeremias Ladesma to score the lone goal of this encounter at the 21st minute of play.
This was Carlos 9th game of the season at the club and he made the most out of it. He was very impressive from the start of the match until he was substituted at the 92nd minute of play.
Fresh into the second segment of the game, Carlos Balepa made a goal scoring attempt by sending out a distant shot but it went into the waiting hands of Argentine goalkeeper Ledesma.
Even at the 31st minute he made an impressive attempt but Balepa’s long-range shot was cleared from a great save. Before that attempt, Baleba’s shot from outside the area at the 18th minute was grabbed by the goalkeeper.
The lad proved in this encounter to be a solid and pacy midfiled maestro and was able to attempt several goal opportunities though failed to net in one.
He played against his Cameroonian brother and ex Teammate, Karl Eta Eyong, former Galatique FC player in this confrontation.
Lille and Cadiz are meeting for the very first time in their history in this preseason game.
Balepa was part of the Ligue 1 giants’ squad that gave FC Brugge in a preseason friendly and came out victorious.
This selection by Paul Fonseco for the friendly came after Carlos Balepa proved his worth against Dunkerque after just joining the club.
Carlos scored his first and lone goal for Lille on May 21st in a game against Iris Club Du Croix, scoring the last goal in a 3-1 win.
He moved to France in February 2022 to join the Lille reserve team. Hard work May take him to the first team in no time.
Lille won her first friendly 5-0 against Dunkerque, while they drew 2-2 with Las Palmas and then lost their most recent match to Espanyol.
Lille will return to official competitions in a few days when they host Auxerre on Sunday for the first match of the 2022-2023 season, hoping for a better season after recording a poor result last season.
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