The name “Emmanuel Mbongo Ewangue” is certainly found on the notebook of several scouts. Personally, I believe the current transfer window is the perfect time to bring this talented youngster, who is the star striker of Cotonsport FC in Cameroon, to an European club. In this article, I will try to explain why:
* Most importantly; at the time of writing, Mbongo Ewangue is the top scorer of the Cameroonian MTN Elite One 2013. During the first 17 matches of the season, Mbongo Ewangue has scored an impressive total of 10 league goals. As far as I know, Mbongo Ewangue has played 15-16 matches. His 10 goals include four goals scored against Panthère Sportive on 10.07.2013. It would be fair to say that Mbongo Ewangue is currently in the form of his life.
The current season is Mbongo Ewangue’s third at Cotonsport FC. In his first season, the MTN Elite One 2010-2011, Mbongo Ewangue scored a minimum of five league goals. It seems likely that he scored a couple more, but documentation is unfortunately difficult to find. During the following season, the MTN Elite One 2012, Mbongo Ewangue scored a minimum of three league goals. Yet again, it seems likely that he scored a couple more goals.
* Mbongo Ewangue is 20 years old (born 13.03.1993), which pretty much is the perfect age for an European adventure – especially since he is a quite experienced player despite his young age. Since November 2010, Mbongo Ewangue has played more or less regularly, and scored approximately 20 goals, for the biggest club in Cameroon. Further, Mbongo Ewangue has been a key player for the Cameroon U-20 national football team.
* In April / May 2011, Mbongo Ewangue starred for the Cameroon U-20 national football team during the 2011 African Youth Championship, scoring one goal during the tournament.
In July / August 2011, Mbongo Ewangue played four matches for the Cameroon U-20 national football team during the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Mbongo Ewangue scored one goal during the tournament, the winner against Uruguay U-20 on 05.08.2011.
During 2012, Mbongo Ewangue featured in several qualifying matches for the 2013 African Youth Championship. Mbongo Ewangue has also featured for the Cameroon B national football team.
* Mbongo Ewangue has experience from the 2011 CAF Champions League. He scored one goal against ES Sétif from Algeria on 07.05.2011. During 2012, Mbongo Ewangue gained experience playing in the 2012 CAF Champions League (qualifying rounds) and the 2012 CAF Confederations Cup (qualifying rounds). Earlier this year, Mbongo Ewangue has played qualifying matches during the 2013 CAF Champions League.
* According to Camfoot.com, Mbongo Ewangue is a product of a club called Jeunesse Sportive Saint Julio from Douala, the biggest city in Cameroon. Mbongo has been called “le jeune prodige” (the wonderboy) from Cotonsport FC and is described as a very athletic center forward, apparently 182 centimeters and 71 kilos, who loves to make dangerous runs inside the box. Mbongo Ewangue has tremendous pace and is also effective playing as a winger. His idols in football are Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka, both great strikers.
Based on the above, I think Mbongo Ewangue is perhaps the most interesting striker in West Africa at the time of writing.
The picture was found on SuperSport.