By Angu Lesley
Eyong Bessem Agbor Bogard- promising teenage defender set his sights on more opportunities at ISOHSA after making a dream first-team debut in Match-Day one of the 2022 Southwest Regional League.
Agbor, 16 in his first senior appearance in ISOHSA’s first game league game of the 2022 season against LIFCA was simply mercurial.
Thursday’s brilliant performance was the latest step in the promising rise of another great talent, who has been on the books of ISOHSA in the past months.
ISOHSA’s clean sheet in the second league game at the Middle Farms can’t be completely described without mentioning the young defender’s output.
Across 90 minutes Agbor connected excellently with his defensive colleagues. Even in tight spaces Kum Bryan, Moki Frankline and Yannick Nkeh played their way out of danger with ease per the directives of Njoku Barnabas who built his tactics on the calm of Agbor.
The defender paid tribute to the support he has received from his father, Agbor Ernest after getting the nod from ISOHSA boss Njoku Barnabas in what was his biggest football game ever.
Agbor, a product of the Cameroon National Football Academy, said it had been a rewarding moment and a dream come true.
“At the start it was a little nervous because I had waited for this moment all my life and it was the first time I played in front of such a large crowd but the coach, the president (Karl Mokake) and my father helped me alot,” he said.”
“To get this [opportunity] was a massive high as my friends are progressing, and hopefully there are more to come in the season.”
Agbor, the son of Agbor Ernest and Lydie Agbor, and the grandson of the late Eyong Bessem Ako – former CDC Victoria FC, Devcam and Indomitable Lions’ defender is already emulating his father and grandfather but aiming to be better.
“He’s (Agbor Ernest) been probably my closest aid since I’ve been learning the game from my childhood, and with how well he did, I look up to him but aim to be better.
“Hopefully I can get to where he got and achieve even more with ISOHSA from now.”
Agbor said his progress was down to the “dedication” of his family and how they had always supported his aspiring career, including the immense technical aid from his club coach and administration, “It’s all down to them,” he said.
“We’re fairly satisfied with the clean sheet. But the draw we will have loved to convert it to a win. In all honesty we played against a very experienced team and gave a lot, we will keep improving.”
Agbor says it is clear that young players will get their opportunities if they impress Coach Njoku.
“It’s just about working hard, trying to impress, express ourselves when we get opportunities,” he told kick442.com.
Comfortable with the ball on his feet, gifted with an exceptional passing range using both legs and an excellent vision, the young defender who won 94% of his duels in the LIFCA confrontation is certainly one for the future.
Agbor’s story is one of perseverance and hard work. As with all young footballers, he will need proper guidance so social events don’t set in to distract him and ISOHSA provides just that.
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