But one big name which is noticeably absent is Clinton N’jie The Cameroonian international who is currently on loan to Marseille from English side Totteham Hotspur has been anything but the once shining star who rose to fame against Ivory Coast on 10th September in Yaounde.
But that spectacular performance which came in the backdrop of yet another mouthwatering one four days before against Congo DRC has so far proven to have been a flash in the Lions dent. The Buea star who quickly gave hope to his fans and easily won the hearts of Cameroonians was riding really high as many see him as the new successor of legend Samuel Eto’o.
The pacy forward who loves dribbling was largely left out of the 2015 AFCON nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and his absent on the beach generated backlash at home as fans demanded the head of the coach, Cameroon early exit from the competition many say, was due to the fact that he was left out of the starting 11 at the games.
But as Clinton moved to the premier league in 2015 for reported transfer fee of €12 million (£8.3 million) mm the standards he had set for himsef were at free fall, the Cameroonian failed to shine in the much competitive premier league, did not start a game and made just 8 substitutes in an injury plaque season for the Club.
On 31 August 2016, N’Jie joined Ligue 1 side Marseille on a season-long loan deal after a troubling career at Totteham and in January 2017 AFCON where the lions became the surprise champions, the forward proved his critics right, that N’jie is certainly reaching his peak even though still very young. Clinton failed to impress in two matches at the games where he featured. But apart from his dismal records on the pitch, there were negative reports off it as reports of a clash between the star and Cameroon football icon Roger Milla who is simply adored at home and abroad.
The 2017 nations cup could have given the “Pappi Mokala” as he is fondly called by fans an international accolades but that seem to be his very last as he has not be called up ever since and the coach’s decision to sideline him for the June confederation cup in Russia sends a wrong signal to Clinton‘s young international career