Pierre Wome Nlend remains one of the best, if not the best left back’s Cameroon has ever had. Little Wome Nlend born in Littoral on March 26, 1979, became a national hero as he went ahead to accumulate 69 caps, winning two AFCON trophies and an Olympic gold medal for Cameroon.
The lefty started his career in 1993 at the Fogape youth setup, before getting snapped by Canon of Yaounde in 1994.
Wome then had stints abroad with Vicenza and Lucchese, but his career really took a leap in 1998 when he was transferred to Roma and received his first national team call up.
Pierre Wome Nlend worked his way to being the ultimate left back choice in that dreaded Cameroon team that won the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, with a contribution of the fifth decisive kick that helped defeat Spain during shootouts.
Pierre Wome Nlend won the hearts of many with the manner in which he expressed himself in the left back position for the Indomitable Lions. The fullback was always on the list of penalty takers for team Cameroon. He scored against Nigeria to give Cameroon her third AFCON title, before missing his penalty against Senegal in 2002, though Cameroon went on to win the AFCON title back-to-back.
At club level, Wome, mostly referred to as the journeyman toured in most parts of Italy, amongst which were Roma and Bologna between 1998-2002, before moving to Fulham, England, where he played for a single season.
As time went on, Wome Nlend was indispensable for the indomitable Lions. The latter took the courage to step up in the 2005 World Cup qualifier for a penalty he eventually missed against Egypt, but like the left back explained, he was the only player gutsy enough to step up in nerve crunching moment.
Wome stopped international football in 2007 to try and get a breather, but he was recalled for his last match in 2009 when the Lions played Morocco in the 2010 World Cup qualifier.
Pierre Wome Nlend is the rare breed of his generation, having managed to blend his club career to suit home and abroad.
The Former Indomitable Lions left back remains the only Cameroonian to have played in; Italy, Spain, England, Germany, and returned to Cameroon where he played for three other clubs before lifting his cleats in French non-league side Reye Noyon.
The aforementioned European countries are referred to as Europe’s top five nation’s when it comes to club football, so, it takes quite some heart and skill to get a kick of the ball around.
Wome Nlend scored 24 goals for club and national colours in a career that lasted 20 years.
Aged 41, Wome Nlend is now tasked with administrative duties at boyhood club Canon of Yaounde currently plying in Cameroon’s first-tier.
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