By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com- Cameroon
Former University of Buea goalkeeper, Andy Nkea says he is confident to make remarkable progress in his career after a move to Romania where he has been working relentlessly.
The former Ekona United shot-stopper recorded consistent excellent performances as a regular for UB FC for three seasons in the South West Regional Football League which kept him in the spotlight during his stay with the Buea based club.
Andy Nkea arrived in Bucharest, Romania on December 27, 2019. He trains during games mostly on weekends and carries out physical training three times within the week. Kick442.com has learnt from his close contact that the University of Bucharest gave him an opportunity to play semi- professional football while he completes his studies.
Once he’s done, moves will be made to land him a professional contract.
He told Kick442.com in an exclusive interview that, he intends to become even more performant between the post and currently working hard on the facets of his game.
“As a football player, you always dream to play higher. I came to Romania to make progress in my career. Hopefully, reach the level I dream about” Andy Nkea responded on the reason d’etre of his recent move.
Andy Nkea is among the most promising keepers from the Southwest region of Cameroon.
He was impressive in his time in the Southwest Region and believes the Southwest Regional League offered him a platform to excel.
“The regional league is more competitive. It prepared me psychologically. It made me the person I am today” Nkea told this online portal.
He gained a lot of admiration from his coach-Nicolas Asongu who qualifies the young keeper as a talented product.
“Honestly,Andy Nkea was a very good and talented product with very great tactical and technical qualities. The young man has a lot of qualities for a goalkeeper. He can therefore make a great professional career there if he continues working hard” coach Asongu told Kick442.com.
The 24-year-old is hopeful to attain breakthrough. The one time player of the season with Ekona United has nursed an ambition to represent his country when the opportunity presents itself.
“I want to play for the national team. I want to play at the highest level possible. I work hard tirelessly everyday and I know for sure I’ll get there. I always dream big. Things will turn out positively for me”.
Andy Nkea began playing in the Southwest regional league.
He played for Ekona United and was named player of the season in his first full season keeping six clean sheets in seven games. After the remarkable exploits, the young goalkeeper joined UB FC despite interest from Best Stars Academy of Limbe and Little Foot of Tiko.
“I moved to UB FC where I had many exploits and games. The coach was very stern and strict. It was a good one. I was in touch with clubs like Best Stars and little foot but preferred the University of Buea FC because of the coach’ mentality; the give it all mentality. So, I stayed with UB all through.”
With UB FC, Andy Nkea was a silver medalist during the 2016 University Games. He also featured during the 2018 and 2019 editions in Maroua and Dschang respectively. He played with late Stade Renard emblematic keeper, Tayiwoh Princely with whom he learned a lot. He was second choice keeper for only the first and second year at the club but gained the first choice spot last year.
“Yes of course and his [Tayiwoh Princely] memory are still fresh in my heart. I learned a lot from him”
Andy Nkea is blessed with outstanding athleticism which makes him no doubt a formidable shot-stopper. He has terrific reflexes, the ability to get down rapidly, and cover low shots and poses an intimidating figure at crosses and set pieces. He can’t easily be beaten on spot-kicks and one to one. His mental strength and fortitude are essential in keeping the net safe.
He is a potential successor of established Cameroonian goalkeepers but still in the making.
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