Tchato Bill turns 44 today. Arguably the best left back the nation will and ever lay claim to, is going to divide his cake for the 44th time today and kick442.com cannot let this day go by without recapitulating his glory days.
Born in M’Mbiam, 1975 a young Tchato moved out of the country with his parents who worked for the Cameroon Embassy in Paris.
Bill grew up as a sort of different child who had an unending love for the beautiful game, and that is how Caen saw and acquired the young defender in the 1995-1996 campaign while he was only 20.
As a great learner that he was in the game, Valence liked what they saw and acquired the youngster, before Nice came knocking in the year 1998-2000.
It was with Nice that Tchato got his maiden call-up with the national team in that golden era that won the 2000 AFCON, made the 2001 confederations cup, and winning the 2002 edition of the AFCON again.
There was hail as well as sunny days for the full back. Tchato was amongst the group of players that lost the 2008 AFCON agonisingly in the finals, and also lost the finals of the 2003 confederations cup to France after the death of Foe Marc.
Tchato scored 11 goals at club level for 10 teams and 2 goals out of 46 appearances for the national team in a stint of 8 years from 2000 to 2008.
Away from football the versatile defender has grown to be a patriotic gentle man helping the younger generation. He is currently the team manager of the indomitable Lions of Cameroon.