Jerome Onguene

8 out of 10 Cameroonians involved in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Qualified for the next round of the competition.

Eintracht Frankfurt ( Evan Ndicka)
Eintracht Frankfurt defeated Shakhtar Donetsk by 4-1 at the Commerzbank-Arena to qualify for the next round on an aggregate score of 6-3.
Cameroon’s 19 years old defender Obite Evan Ndicka partnered David Abraham and Martin Hinteregger in a back three for coach Adolf Heulter’s side. The three defenders were solid and the Cameroon teenager was again outstanding.

Salzburg (Jérôme Junior Onguéné)
21 years old Cameroon defender Jérôme Onguéné was at the heart of everything good in the Salzburg back four in their 4-0 demolition of Club Brugge. The native of Mbalmayo
has totally won over the confidence of coach Marco Rose who now plays him in every game for 90 minutes. Salzburg goes through on a 5-2 aggregate score though they were beaten in Belgium.

Celtic Glasgow (Jules Olivier Ntcham)
After losing 2-0 at home to Valencia, Celtic had a mountain to climb to progress to the next round at the Mestallia. It proved to be a mountain too high for the teammates of Cameroon’s Jules Olivier Ntcham as they lost again 1-0 to see the Spaniards progress with an emphatic 3-0 aggregate score line. Coach Brendan Rogers did not need the services of the Cameroon box to box midfielder who did not even make the match sheet.

Villarreal ( Karl Toko Ekambi)
Villarreal successfully protected the 1-0 win they brought back from Lisbon against Sporting Lisbon. Coach Javi Calleja turned to the services of Cameroon forward Karl Toko Ekambi at the 57th minute to replace Daniel Raba. He did not disappoint as he provided an assist to Pablo Fornal at the 80th minute. Fornal’s equalizer cancelled out Bruno Fernades’ opener for the visitors at the 45th minute. Villarreal held on to the 1-1 draw which qualifies them to the round of 16 on an aggregate score of 2-1.

Slavia Prague ( Michael Ngandeu)
After playing to a 0-0 draw at home, Slavia Prague had a complicate trip to Genk’s Luminus Arena. Michael Ngandeu was not involved but Simon Deli and Ondrej Kudela succeeded to silence the dreaded Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta. Their teammates on the end made sure by putting four pass the Genk goalkeeper as the game finished 1-4 in favour of the visitors.

Real Betis ( Wilfried Kaptoum)
Stade Rennes (Gerzino Nyamsi, James Edward Lea Silicki and Theorson Jordan Siebatcheu)
After playing to a 3-3 draw the momentum was with Quique Setien’s team. He might be regretting the fact that he overlooked Wilfried Kaptoum for the game preferring Sergio Canales and Giovani LeCelsor. Betis lost to Rennes at home by 1-3. Coach Julien Stephane did not need Siebatcheu and Lea Silicki who were not even in the group that traveled to Spain. Gerzino Nyamsi was an unused substitute but it’s needless to say the Rennes coach has no regrets as his team battled to a 4-6 aggregate score to stay in the competition.

FC Seville ( Ibrahim Amadou)
Ibrahim Amadou is yet to answer the call of his country of origin to play for the Indomitable Lions but he readily answered the call of coach Pablo Machin to replace Andre Silva at the 63rd minute in Seville’s 2-0 win over Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio of Rome. The three times Europa League winners are still in contest for a fourth trophy in the tournament after comfortably seeing off Lazio 3-0 on aggregate.

Europa League draw in full:

🇮🇹 Napoli vs. Salzburg 🇦🇹
🇭🇷 Dinamo Zagreb vs. Benfica 🇵🇹
🇩🇪 Frankfurt vs. Inter 🇮🇹
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Chelsea vs. Dynamo Kyiv 🇺🇦
🇪🇸 Valencia vs. Krasnodar 🇷🇺
🇪🇸 Sevilla vs. Slavia Prague 🇨🇿
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Arsenal vs. Rennes 🇫🇷
🇷🇺 Zenit vs. Villarreal 🇪🇸

In the next round Amadou’s Sevilla will clash with Ngadeu’s Slavia Prague.

Muambo Edward.