Veteran Cameroon and Chippa United FC goalkeeper Amour Patrick Tignyemb

By Angu Lesley

Football Writer,

In a week where veteran Cameroonian goalkeeper Amour Patrick Tignyemb has been on the news for varied reasons. We have equally gathered that the former Bloemfontein Celtic goalkeeper came close to joining then Spanish La Liga side Racing Santander.

The 32-year-old former Cameroon international revealed in an exclusive interview with that he traveled to Spain in 2006 for tryouts at the Santander-based club but his dream move was foiled by administrative requirements put forward by the club.

“I was in Spain even a year after I joined Cotonsport, all was going well.We played a handful of pre-season games. I remember I played a friendly game against Achille Webo’s Mallorca but in the end the deal broke down due to a bizarre reason” Tignyemb stated.

Tignyemb back then was considered as one of the best young goalkeepers in Cameroon with unimaginable reflexes and a collection of qualities that attracted multiple clubs included PSG. Unfortunately, for one reason or the other, it didn’t work out in Spain.

Amour had a similar experience in 2005 at PSG,that is he impressed the technical staff but the deal couldn’t happen.

“The club told me they wanted to facilitate my registration and so needed me to present a European passport for registration as a local. I hadn’t one. My agent suggested options I couldn’t take.” I tried to reach out to Samuel Eto’o for help but he was busy with pre-season activitieswwith the rest of the Barcelona team in the US. That’s how the deal was scrubbed” Tignyemb concluded.

Tignyemb had enjoyed an impressive debut campaign with Cotonsport of Garoua before traveling for the tryouts after which he came back home and played at Cotonsport for two seasons before leaving for South African side Bloemfontein Celtic in 2008. He has been in South Africa since then.

The ex-Cotonsport of Garoua net minder has had a glittering career all be it without a taste of the beautiful game in the old Continent.

Tignyemb led the a great Cameroon team to the Olympic games village in Beijing 2008.

The goalkeeper was a part of the Cameroon team at the 2004 AFCON tournament in Tunisia.

Many are those who consider him as the one of the greatest goalkeeper of his generation.


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