By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Arguably the best and most valuable player in Cameroon’s top flight for the last three decades, Marcus Mokake was the man to watch each time he was in action in the Cameroon top flight.
From the Limbe Middle Farms neighborhood where he was born on November 30, 1981, Mokake was recruited by Tiko United in 1996 and instantly became a fans favourite with his finesse and keen eye for goals.
His talent attracted the nation’s elite and Fovu of Baham won the race for his signature in 1997.
The top flight club from the West region of Cameroon secured the services of a player who became the center of their project for five successful seasons.
With Mokake, Fovu established themselves as a force to reckon with in Cameroon’s top flight. He was without any doubt Fovu’s most dreaded player and one of the best, if not the best in the country.
Just like a certain Sergio Aguerro in structure and skill, Mokake unlocked all the backlines on the land with flair and relative ease and did so with a trademark smile on his face.
In 2001, Mokake helped Fovu to a Cup of Cameroon triumph and was voted the “Guinness Man of the Match”.
In 2002, Cotonsport of Garoua who have a reputation of buying the best players in the country secured Mokake’s services for a league record fee of 20 million FCFA with an astronomical salary by Cameroon standards.
Unfortunately for the Garoua based outfit, he failed to actually play for them. He moved to Germany for trials and spent four months there before returning to Cameroon. Fovu’s President Dieudonné Kandem opposed losing his prized jewel to Cotonsport and Mokake was forced to return to Fovu.
In 2003, however, he finally left Fovu and joint President Theophile Abega’s Canon renaissance.
He hit the ground running in a star studded Canon team and became the brain behind all their attacking initiatives.
He was invited into Cameroon’s senior national team, after leading a Cameroon team to an All African Games Gold Medal in Nigeria, where he was the top scorer and best player of the tournament.
Before joining Cameroon’s senior national team, he represented Cameroon at the different youth levels and captained the junior national team to the African Cup of Nations in Ethiopia in 2000.
In 2004, Mokake left Cameroon and signed for French club Sedan, where he made 255 appearances, scoring 70 goals in seven years.
In 2011 he moved to Greece where he signed for Pierikos and later Kavala, then PAE Veria and later Pas Lamia.
In 2014 he left Greece and moved to Indonesia where he signed for Persebaya Surabaya. After one year in Indonesia he returned to France and signed for French amateur side Prix-lès-Mézières.
In 2019, Mokake signed for Belgian outfit RUS Ethe Belmont.
“I signed for Ethe but did not play because I was was injured from September to December 2019,” Mokake told kick442.com.
“I Was suppose to start the second round of fixtures for the season but due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic that has not been possible.”
Mokake who also has an iconic status at Sedan is currently in charge of their U-15 team and also has the responsibility of nurturing all their strikers from the U-13s to Sedan’s reserves team.
The 38-year-old forward might have won just three caps with a goal to his name for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, but he is without any doubt a true cult-hero in Cameroon’s top flight.
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