Cyrille Makanaky

Former Indomitable Lion Cyrille Makanaky will visit London this weekend as he embark on a mission to speak to Africans especially Cameroonians who were born in London and have a problem associating with their roots.

This Saturday’s event is organized by Esimo Sports Limited Group and will take place at in East London at Catford beginning with brief workshop at 10:00 AM which will be followed by football matches.

The event is aimed at empowering and mentoring Young Africans born abroad and ensuring that they know their identity and culture and will be spiced by an 8 teams mini football tournament for kids which Makanaky is going to be a part of.

Esimo Sports Management CEO Jean Black Ngody told that his institution is using the event to pull Africans closer to their roots. “We decided to go for Makanaky because Makanaky is very much interested in the African culture/ Cameroon in particular, so better placed to sell the project. He is a passionate advocate of the African culture”

The former attacking midfielder will arrive London on Friday and his four days visit will end on Monday when he leaves London for Bordeaux-France.

53 year old Cyrille Thomas Makanaky appeared in two Africa Cup of Nations with the Cameroon national team. In the 1988 edition, held in Morocco, he scored the game’s only goal, helping defeat the hosts in the semifinals and eventually winning the trophy.

Makanaky also represented the nation at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, playing all five matches (two complete) as the Lions Indomptables reached the quarterfinals.

Cyrille Makanaky in action against Argentina in the 1990 World Cup

He also played for 10 clubs out of Cameroon in over 4 countries accumulated over 280 appearances for different clubs for which he scored 53 goals.


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