By Angu Lesley
Under-17 Lions of Cameroon midfielder and produce of the Cameroon national Football Academy Noh Nafeng Yvan was simply commanding in midfield on Wednesday as APEJES of Mfou beat Canon Yaounde by 2-1 in what was his first appearance for coach Ndongo Emma’s side.
Besides his midfield display and the woodwork denying him a goal, teenager Noh Nafeng also made history for the club by becoming their second youngest ever player to pull on the blue and white shirt in a league game and he massively entertained the fans at the Bepanda Omnisport Stadium on Wednesday.
APEJES’ second half goals from Lafon and Tcheffe in the 47th and 51st minute had just one reply from Essama Bengono as the boys from Mfou won their sixth in last 12 games against Canon and keep their unbeaten run since 2014.
Though he came on in the final 15 minutes, 16-year-old Noh Nafeng and international colleague Tekeu Parfait were simply magical in midfield.
The record of the youngest player was previously held by Ambassa Messobo who is also a part of the current Cameroon under-17 national team and featured in goal earlier this season. Nafeng is a few months younger at 16 years 163 days.
Nafeng a product of ANAFOOT who returned to APEJES in the build up to the current season is athletic and powerful with Ndongo already acknowledging he has the physical attributes to compete with first team players in training and matches at least on evidence of his first start.
This season Apejes led by coach Ndongo Emma and noted for trusting youths has had three under-17 internationals on the pitch viz Noh Nafeng, Tekeu Parfait and Ambassa Messobo.
Nafeng was at Manchester City in August 2019 for a training camp that gave him the privilege of training under Pep Guardiola. He has grown from strength to strength since returning to the country.
Born on the 28th October 2005,the young boy whose parents are into petit trading is already leaving his dream thanks to the exceptional efforts of the ANAFOOT team led by Director Enow Ngachu and his battery of trainers who prepared him for the APEJES challenge.
President Zang’s trust in young players has made Apejes a reference over the years.
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