Posted by: westafricanfootball | 21/12/2010


My experience is that most young players that scores frequently in the Cameroonian MTN Elite One, soon finds themselves to be joining bigger clubs, for instance in Europe. This turned out to be the case with Vincent Aboubakar who joined Valenciennes FC from Cotonsport FC, Brice Owona who joined FC St. Gallen from Cotonsport FC and I am pretty sure that it soon will happen with the brilliant Hilaire Momi, also from Cotonsport FC. Momi, the burly striker from the Central African Republic who I presented in my post from 10.10.2010, has scored three goals during the first six matches of the MTN Elite One 2010-2011.

The top goalscorer in Cameroon at the time of writing, is however the sensational Otélé Landry Giresse Mouangué, often referred to as Otélé Mouangué or Landry Mouangué, from Canon Yaoundé.

Mouangué has scored five goals during the first six matches. Four of the goals have been scored in the last three matches. Mouangué has established a dangerous partnership with Philemon Landry Essosso Ngono (born 22.09.1985), a striker who joined Canon Yaoundé from Cotonsport FC before the season. Essosso Ngono has actually played professionally at Tatlisu Halk Odasi SK, a club from Northern Cyprus.

Canon Yaoundé, from the Cameroonian capital, has together with Cotonsport FC traditionally been the best club from Cameroon, winning 10 titles since 1960, but Canon has struggled for the last couple of seasons. They became only number 9 in the MTN Elite One 2009-2010.

I first noticed Mouangué in 2007 when he scored three league goals for Canon Yaoundé. In 2007-2008, when Canon Yaoundé was runner-up in the MTN Elite One, Mouangué scored only one goal in the league. 2008-2009 was arguably his breakthrough as Mouangué produced six goals and became the top goalscorer of Canon Yaoundé.

In September 2009, Mouangué was included in the Cameroon-squad for the U-20 “Jeux de la Francophonie-tournament in Beirut, Lebanon. A few weeks later, before 2009-2010, Mouangué decided to join Union Douala, a very ambitious side that brought several talented players to the club in an attempt to stop the Cotonsport-dominance in Cameroon. Union Douala failed tremendously and had it not been for a strong last quarter of the season, they could actually have been relegated. Nevertheless, Mouangué was described as a “revelation” during the season. I am able to document that he scored five goals in 2009-2010. However, information was hard to find during the 2009-2010 season and several goalscorers are unknown. It is actually possible that Mouangué scored a lot more goals, most likely about 10.

According to unconfirmed reports, Mouangué was a trialist at a club from Portugal during the season.

After the season, Mouangué was also included in the squad of Cameroon U-23.

Mouangué went back to Canon Yaoundé before 2010-2011 and has been in tremendous form. Earlier this month, Mouangué was included in a pre-selection squad for the Cameroon national football team, where he will be evaluated by Cameroon-legend Francois Omam-Biyik, amongst others.

Otélé Landry Mouangué is born 05.02.1989 and will turn 22 in a couple of months. There seem to be some confusion regarding his age as reports that he is born 06.01.1991. However, in September 2009, when Mouangué was included in the Cameroon-squad for the U-20 “Jeux de la Francophonie-tournament in Beirut, Lebanon, his date of birth was reported as 05.02.1989. In an article published on earlier this month, it is also confirmed that Mouangué is currently 21 years old.

Mouangué is a classic center forward. He is described as a hard-fighting and very lively striker. His biggest force is however his technical abilities. He is apparently very skillful on the ball.  I personally think Mouangué soon will be on the radar of several clubs from Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East.

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