A new star has arrived on the Cameroonian football scene, one who has already started his trajectory to the path of an international star. Steve Régis Mvoué is a 16-year-old prodigy whose passion for football started at the tender age of 4. He started by playing at the Azur Star FC, a training club started by his mother. Having played for the academy since 2006, the midfielder has been honing his skills, managing to score plenty of goals with the precision of a midfielder, while still sharing the ball with his teammates and making an art of analyzing the field for the team’s advantage in every game.
His talent has lead him to have the opportunity to represent his national team on multiple occasions, “It’s an honour” Mvoué shares with AfrilandEnt, “no matter what the category you belong to. Especially when you play for your nation, it’s memorable”. He started his national career in the Under-15category where the Cameroonian team won the UNIFFAC tournament with Mvoué as a star player. He then progressed to playing for the Under-16 then Under-17teams. His participation in the U17 squad saw Mvoué as top scorer with 3 goals in 4 games, with Cameroon taking the champion’s title in the Central African tournament held in Guinea. This championship lead the squad to qualify for the upcoming U17 African Cup of Nations in Tanzania 2019. His successes have lead Mvoué to very recently be invited to be a part of the U23 national team.
Football’s popularity in Cameroon is evident, with the professional national team being crowned the African Cup of Nations winner on 5 occasions, and many players of Cameroonian origin being drafted by top leagues in Europe and Africa. Football motivates the youth more than anything, with legends Roger Mila and Sammuel Eto’o hailing from the nation and providing a blueprint for young players, and the national team participating in several FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Mvoué’s biggest dream is to become a professional player, pouring himself into the hard work and self-discipline necessary to make it to the top. The Ballon d’Or is his ultimate goal, a prestigious annual award that celebrates and appreciates the best male and female players and is known as one of the highest honours in the game.
His favorite soccer player isPaul Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder of the recently crowned FIFA WorldCup French team. Sharing his final thoughts on the state of football in the continent, he stated “Soccer [has] been extending in Cameroon including allover the continent and a lot talented player find in the continent”. He encourages the youth to never give up under any circumstances, work hard, and believe in God to achieve their goals.
By Yussuf Yanni