By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, Cameroon
Cameroon’s Under 17 Lions have been in Brazil for over a week camping ahead of you their commitments in the 2019 Under 17 FIFA World Cup in the South American nations.
The 27 man provisional squad camping for the tournament in Brazil have three players whose parents left a huge impact on Cameroon football in the past.
Azur Star’s Steve Regis Mvoue, RD Mallorca’s Etienne Pineda Eto’o and Enzo Mbiayi Tchato of Montpellier are three sons that resemble their parents.
Deputy captain and midfielder Steve Regis Mvoue is the son of former Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon captain Marie Regine Mvoue.
Regine has been a mother, a coach and a mentor to his son as the boy completes his education in the game.
17-year old Steve Mvoue began his football career at Azur Star Academy owned and runned by his mom.
The boy has been affiliated to the academy until last summer when he moved French Ligue 1 side Toulouse FC where he has been training pending a contract which could be offered him early next year.
Mvoue scored once and assisted two goals in the 2019 Under 17 AFCON tournament this year in Tanzania, he was also named the most valuable player of the tournament as Cameroon won the AFCON.
Enzo Mbiayi Tchato learning the game in France on the books of Montpellier is another.
The young defender is the son of the former Indomitable Lions great defender Bill Jackson Tchato Mbiayi.
Enzo was born in France while his father was playing professional football in the country.
His dad was a full international for close to a decade and his Montpellier based son is already following his steps by seeking for a place in Cameroon’s World Cup Squad.
Bill Tchato played for Montpellier and his son is on the books of the club.
Etienne Pineda Eto’o, Forward- Real Mallorca, Spain
Etienne Eto’o, son of retired Cameroon international, Samuel Eto’o, is one of the players in camp as part of coach Thomas Liibih’s 27 players provisional squad.
The Real Mallorca Academy captain Etienne is his club’s lead scorer in the youth championship this season.
Etienne Eto’o Pineda was born in Spain to a Spanish mother Marian Pineda while his Dad was playing football in the country.
Not only is Etienne a striker as his Dad was he is currently in the books of Real Mallorca which is considered the club that made his father a super player.
Etienne scored on debut for the Under-17 Lions of Cameroon.
If the three players make the cut for the upcoming World Cup, then the Cameroon team of generational flow of talent will be an eye-catching ones especially to fans and these families if not Cameroonians atlarge.
Cameroon will face Argentina, Spain and Tajikistan in group E of the World Cup to run from October 26 to November 17 in Brazil.
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