Lauren Etame Mayer in action for Cameroon

By Giovanni Wanneh

Football Writer,

Conceived in Kribi, Cameroon, Laureano Bisan Etame-Mayer was Cameroon’s secret weapon during his hay days and Equally immortalised alongside his Arsenal teammates of the 2003/2004 season for having gone 38 games without a defeat in the Premier League.

Etame Mayer’s stint with the Lions beginning with the Under-23 was graced with assorted trophies.

The latter won the 2000 Olympic games with Cameroon, taking and scoring one of the crucial penalties against Spain in the final.
Played everywhere around the midfield, Etame Mayer was a real professional for clubs and country as he looked to adapt to all positions the coaches stationed him.

From the Olympic games, Mayer became a regular with the Cameroon national team and played an omnipresent part in the Lions back-to-back AFCON triumph between 2000 and 2002, as he took penalties in both occasions and literally had ice in his veins converting them.

Due to his untrodden performances in the 2000 AFCON finals, Etame was voted as man of the match ahead of quite some big names.

The highly technically gifted player played 24 times for Cameroon, scored once, and won back-to-back AFCON titles alongside an Olympic gold medal.

Lauren Etame Mayer in action for Cameroon

With his club career, the midfielder turned right back was scouted from Utrera in 1996 to Sevilla B where he lasted just for a season before switching to Levante.

Due to some flamboyant displays, scoring 6 out of 34 appearances for Levante, Mallorca had an interest and ended up snapping the lad.

Another scintillating performance from 1998-2000 drew Arsene Wenger’s scout glasses to Mallorca after his four goals in 63 appearances for the Spanish side helped them to a Spanish Super Cup in the 1997/1998 season.

Laurent Etame Mayer made a name for himself at the North London Club and went on to win two premier league titles with an invincible tag in the 2003/2004 season which made it even more special. Etame equally added to his cupboard of silverwares with three F.A. Cups and two community Shields in a successful stay with the Gunners.

Lauren Etame Mayer in action for Arsenal

After seven seasons with the Arsenal, Laurent was acquired by Portsmouth for two seasons, where he helped the club to unprecedentedly glory in the 2008 F.A. Cup before he finally left his cleats hanging at Cordoba, back in Spain.

In total, Mayer scored 25 club goals in 333 appearances across seven clubs.

In the fullback’s career that lasted a little over 15 years, he went on to win 12 pieces of precious metal (silverware) in seven clubs played for.


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