Posted by: westafricanfootball | 17/04/2011


Earlier today, the Orange African Youth Championship kicked off in South Africa. Tomorrow, the Cameroon U-20 national football team will face Gambia U-20 in their first match of the tournament. One of the players to look out for is the highly talented attacking midfielder Christian Toko Edimo, playing for Renaissance FC de Ngoumou, currently number 12 in the MTN Elite One 2010-2011, the top level of Cameroonian football.

Toko Edimo is born 24.05.1993 according to the official Cameroon U-20 team list, published by the Confederation of African Football this weekend. He is born in the city of Mfou in the southern parts of Cameroon, not far from the capital Yaoundé.

Toko Edimo spent the 2009-2010 season playing for Arsenal de Yaoundé, a third level club who finished last in Poule C of the Championnat Régional du Centre. Toko Edimo was the most impressive player at the club, apparently being known as “Le Magicien”, and caught the eye of the officials at the Fédération Camerounaise de Football. In July 2010, Toko Edimo was part of the Cameroon U-17 national football team and in August 2010, while still playing at third level, Toko Edimo was rather sensationally named in the squad of the Cameroon B national football team, preparing for the CEMAC-tournament.

After the season, Toko Edimo could most likely pick any local team but eventually chose the rather modest club Renaissance FC de Ngoumou, coached by Richard Towa, a well-respected man who is known for having faith in young, talented players. As I wrote about in my post from 06.04.2011, Renaissance FC has numerous players at the Cameroon U-20 and U-17 national football team:

By choosing Renaissance FC, Toko Edimo knew he would get chances and as far as I know, Toko Edimo made his debut for Renaissance FC on 09.01.2011. On 30.01.2011 he won the best Renaissance-player award (together with captain Alix Bertin Ondobo Ebanga) in the match against Canon Yaoundé. Toko Edimo has yet to score in the MTN Elite One 2010-2011.

Toko Edimo is described as a versatile player, most comfortable in an attacking midfield role. He is known for his speed, his technique and his raw power. He sometimes seems to cover every inch of the pitch. Toko Edimo is apparently 180 centimeters and 69 kilos.

Toko Edimo is currently in Sout Africa and will most likely start for the Cameroon U-20 national football team in tomorrow’s match. Toko Edimo has been a regular member of the team in 2011 and scored a goal for his country when Cameroon U-20 lost 2-3 against South Africa U-20 in a warm-up match a week ago.

The excellent webpage Footcameroon described Toko Edimo as a “copy of Zinedine Zidane”, perhaps to big words for such a young player, but it cannot be denied that the youngster has something extra that makes him one to watch for the future.


  1. Just a quick reminder to everyone that the games are broadcasted live by the Al Jazeera sports network. (For example todays games are live on JSC 9).

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