By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
One of the bright prospects of last season’s Cameroon Elite One championship Robert Ndjigui II Mathieu of APEJES of Mfou is likely to be off the spotlight for a while, thanks to him.
In a recent investigation aimed at knowing the situation of the top performing young lads in the Cameroon Elite One championship during 2019-2020 season, the kick442.com crew has discovered that the Mathieu Ndjigui hasn’t been included in the APEJES squad for the 2020-2021 season.
Our attention towards this case was multiplied by the fact that Ndjigui who was one of APEJES’ best young player last season was not seen around the team towards the tail of the Club’s pre-season activities.
Multiple attempts to get the Club comment on the situation finally yielded fruits last weekend when we reached out to APEJES’ secretary general Francis Fankam on phone.
“Ndjigui has not been registered as our player this season, so he is certain to miss the start of the season,” the Secretary told kick442.com.
Attempts to get the Club’s administration give further details on the situation of the player didn’t produce the desired result.
Our understanding of the per investigations:
Mathieu Ndjigui, one of the most exciting talent in last season’s Cameroon Elite One championship joined APEJES of Mfou in the build up to the 2019-2020 season on a one-year-deal from the Brasserie Football Academy.
It was a special consideration from the management of the Club noted for trusting teenagers but committing them for at least three years, though allowing them to leave whenever they want. In Ndjigui’s case, he signed just a season contract on insistence of his family. This forced the APEJES camp to go out of their usual approach because they trusted the boy. Mathieu Ndjigui became a free agent after his contract expired and didn’t renew the deal.
Our experience in previous situations have it that, such happens with players who plan to move abroad as a free agent. Can it be that Ndjigui is on the verge of leaving the country or so? We are still out for more on the story.
APEJES improved the lad and invested confidence in him allowing him to blossom in the first team.
The young lad aged 18 made 13 appearances for the top-flight Club, scored thrice and assisted four goals, with performances in Limbe against Union and his goal from 40 meters against legendary Canon of Yaoundé being the highlight of a great season.
One could be left wondering why such a teenage sensation could be in such a situation.
A situation to stay at home while waiting for another opportunity (if that is the player’s distraction) given that APEJES of Mfou doesn’t stop players from leaving whenever they can and in the right conditions.
President Leon Aime Zang who reluctantly commented on the issue after we reached out to him rather focused on the next generation as if to indirectly insinuate they have gotten over the player’s departure from the Club.
“I can assure our fans that we will display another set of very good young players in the coming season, some younger and better than Ndjigui, all these players are coming from our youth team. We are a Club with a princple of trusting young players who trust our vision for them and respect our institution,” President Zang told kick442.com.
Attempts to get Mathieu comment on via the phone like the other parties didn’t produce results.
Noted for their formation and exportation of multiple young lads, the likes of Aime Gando Marcelin of Levadia in Estonia, Frank Boya of Antwerp, Samuel Oum Gouet of Altach, Phoenix Missi and Kekoh Ndifor of Admira amongst others, it is becomes difficult to understand why it is difficult to work out between APEJES and Ndjigui.
The 2016 Cup of Cameroon winners enter the 21 Clubs Cameroon Elite One championship on Tuesday at the CAF Excellence center in Mbankomo where they will challenge newly-promoted Astres of Douala certainly without Mathieu Ndjigui.
APEJES in their eighth season in the Cameroon Elite One championship and will be out to improve their 10th place finished achieved last season under coach Ndongo Emma.
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