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Clinton N’Jie: Time to shine?

The forward has endured a stop-start career to date, but could he finally be primed to realise his potential?

GOAL | When Clinton N’Jie put Cameroon 1-0 up in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2014, barely 44 minutes into his Indomitable Lions career, there was a ripple of excitement about the forward’s potential.

That enthusiasm swelled two days later in Yaounde, when he scored twice and contributed an assist in a 4-1 victory against the Ivory Coast.

His relationship with Vincent Aboubakar won over fans at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, while simultaneously impressing with his technical quality.

Cameroonians celebrated his brilliance, and were firmly expecting more at the Afcon finals in Equatorial Guinea.

However, Cameroon would suffer a group exit, with N’Jie chronically underused in the tournament.

Despite the promise he showed in the build-up, he was only afforded 23 minutes—against the Elephants.

Regardless of this missed opportunity, N’Jie’s pace and versatility attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur, who signed the wideman from Olympique Lyonnais in August of that year for a fee of €12 million (£8.3 million).

However, again, it represented another false dawn, as he would make only eight league appearances—without finding the net—before being loaned to Olympique de Marseille, where he would subsequently move on a permanent deal.

Injury problems were central to N’Jie’s failure at Spurs, as he missed the best part of six months with an MCL injury received during a tackle by Jeremy Toulalan in a Europa League game against AS Monaco.

Internationally, he was a Nations Cup winner with Cameroon in 2017, although he didn’t score during the tournament, and was subsequently omitted—for an Afcon qualifier against Morocco in June of that year, and for the Confederation Cup, due to disciplinary issues.

“N’Jie is not here because of poor discipline,” Broos told journalists, as per BBC Sport. “He is a good player with many qualities as we saw during the preparation games before the Africa Cup of Nations against the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.

“10 days later during the first game against Burkina Faso, and also Guinea-Bissau, he was at only 50 percent,” the Belgian coach continued. “He must change his attitude and put in the work required if he is to turn the qualities he possesses into success at the top level.”

There have been recent signs, however, that the Central African forward is primed to finally realise his early promise with the Lions.

Despite struggling at OM this term, where he’s scored twice in 12 outings, N’Jie was one of Cameroon’s most eye-catching performers in their 3-0 victory over the Comoros in Saturday’s final Afcon qualifier.

He was only introduced in the 74th minute, but his lightning pace and intelligent footwork provided ample headaches for a tiring Comoros defence.

Was he perhaps heeding Broos’s advice?

In the 89th minute he found the net, darting off on a fine run down the right flank before rounding keeper Ali Ahamada before firing into an empty net, sending Cameroon to Egypt in style.

It was also a goal that ended the forward’s one-and-a-half-year goal drought, with his last having come in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria in October 2017.

“Thanks for another victory and another goal,” N’Jie wrote on Instagram after the match. “Allez les Lions.”

Perhaps this will be another false dawn for the forward, who’s endured his fair share since scoring three in his first two outings for the national side.

Maybe, however, it could be a sign that the attacker is finally realising his undoubted potential with the national side.

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17 comments

  1. Clinton Njie
    Dafnee
    Mr Leo
    Magasco
    Locko
    Stanley Enow
    Zam-Zam…Hihihi
    Les vrais Camerounais!

    • Kikikiki, Bikut…nous sommes les wanted en Amba…

    • Akwara smelly lass ashawo. Your opinion of them is probably what you read from Crtv you ugly forest gorilla with small lass. Your primitive Beti Bulu tribal gang called BIR have burnt more than 100 people inside their homes in Magasco and Mr Leo villages and you think they will forget easily like u steal money and hide in America and are later banished from setting going there? Listen smelly lass witch and this go for your Beti idiotic countryman villageoise @ ZamZam too. Even if Sisiku is released or Biya call off this war or whatever, we will not put down our guns. Expect something disastrous to happen anytime from now in those your sewage slums you call cities. Our people don’t die so that you can come here with your smelly thick rotting lass and tell who is Camerounian or not. Witch.

      • Kikikiki, L’enemie…….authentic Anglos dem no di kosh women for da kana way…

        • Lol ZZ
          Ce type est tellement malheureux qu’il fait pitié.
          Une perte de temps et d’energie…
          J’ai pitié de sa maman, la pauvre croit qu’elle a un fils…

    • If u are an honest and peace loving cameroonian, you will not make such a statement at a critical time in cameroons history..A country is at war, there is tension in the country and you come out with such immature mockery..
      Its just shameful how brainless we react to one another..
      The day your family member will be killed in this war going on now for 3 years, may be u will understand how painful it is for such a primitive forest Gorilla in the name of Paul Biya and his gang of thieves let cameroonians kill cameroonians ..
      I see you dont want to understand that we cant talk of peace when there is no freedom, equal rights and justice..You dont need to go to school to understand that there is marginalization in cameroon..
      Please be careful when writing in a public forum.

  2. @ L’enemie. Grow up my friend. You are too childish, Even primary school children don’t use such languages anymore. How do you expect anglophone Cameroonians to support your Ambazonia foolishness when you address a lady like that? You are the one who is an animal. Too bad for you, all the people Bikutsi just named regard themselves as Cameroonians and not Ambazonians.

    • Idiot. What else should we expect from a self confessed mbalmayo one night stand product lying to be a blue blood Santa mafia indigen? A smlelly lass whore that supports a genocide will never be a lady. Never.

      • Chalrles le Grand

        Be respectful of yourself and others will respect you.Your language is mean and falls short of the standards of decency.

        • Go and tell that nonsense to the hundreds being burnt alive and hunted in the bushes like game. Garbage say respect. Does your sorry ass think I was here to pacify genocide enablers with a flowery language? Keep your distance before I point my gun at you.

  3. we are just what we are…
    A nation where national unity is being used in the media to fool many people..
    I see ENEMIE voicing out his Frustration, complaining about the many villages being burnt by the primitive and retarded forces of La republic . But as we are all very fake, we jump in and only pick a sentence where he abuses a woman..That might be a bad language, but why cant you guys stand up after 3 years of killing to shout down the killing of innocent old people??
    What is wrong with us?..Why are so fake?..
    I will be happy if BIKUTSI can one day stand brave to criticize what the BETI-BULU have done to cameroon.
    We are not honest at all..Was it written somewhere that a ruler can only be BETI/BULU..They have failed the country for over 40 yrs .let them go away and give peace a chance.

  4. ZERO VIVRE ENSEMBLE

    The hypocrisy on this forum is sickening.

    @Bamendaboy insults people day in and day out. However, the so-called MORAL AYATOLLAH remain quiet.
    It is therefore difficult to comprehend why the same moral Ayatollah are crying foul and even lecturing @L’enemie on morality. It is evident that apologists of the satanic junta apply a double standard when dealing with persons who support “Zero Vivre ensemble”.

  5. @ L’enemie, You are a low life.

  6. Charles le grand

    Mr enemie. You will never convince anyone to support your understanding of the anglophone crisis with your immoral and anger fueled language. No one will ever solve this problem without resorting to basic honesty. If you are convinced that violence is the solution to violence, then you are very naive to say the least.

    • Idiot. I don’t need to convince anyone to support immoral politics. If your brain cells cannot direct you to condemn crimes against humanity then you must be coming from the Beti-Bulu cabal of Manjunga drunkarwdd that pretend and introduce themselves from a moral high ground yet with time, their utterances reveal their dark souls like this ashawo smelly lass @Bikutsi. @Charles Le Grand, your mami Pima.

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