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April 03, 2006


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Our country has amazing talent from our musicians and journalists to film directors and producers like Jean Pierre Bekolo or Daniel Kamwa and actors like Alphonse Beni or Yaphet Kotto, not forgetting soccer stars like Samuel Eto'o, Patrick Mboma and the unforgettable Albert Roger Milla. It was wonderful to read this article.


20 reasons why Florida will beat UCLA

13. The inside edge goes to the Gators - In the power-forward battle for Cameroon supremacy, Joakim Noah has height and length on Luc Richard Mbah a Moute -- and as athletic as Mbah a Moute is, he's not much more explosive than Noah. Center Ryan Hollins has emerged in this tournament for UCLA, but Al Horford is the better player. The Gators' interior backups are as good as the Bruins' as well.
20. It's Florida's time - Arguably the state richest with athletic talent in America, it has never won a college basketball championship. There are scads of football titles strewn about the place, but nothing in hoops. It's time for the worshipers of the pointed ball to realize what can happen with the round one. Florida 65, UCLA 59.


maurice bandeke

‘Cameroon Crazies’ wild for UCLA duo
Mbah a Moute, Aboya give Bruins fans, country reason to cheer
The Kansas City Star

Knight Ridder Tribune
UCLA’s Luc Richard Mbah a Moute rose above LSU’s players Saturday for 17 points and nine rebounds in the Bruins’ semifinal victory in Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS — Soccer is on the back burner in Cameroon after the national team, the Indomitable Lions, failed to reach the World Cup finals for the first time in five tries.

Perhaps Cameroon, a west African nation, can turn its attention to the NCAA final, where two Cameroon natives on UCLA’s team and the rest of the Bruins will take on Florida at 8:21 tonight for the national championship.

However, the Cameroon Bruins don’t believe they’re moving the needle much on basketball in their homeland.

“What we’re doing is a big deal in the basketball community,” UCLA forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. “But that’s not a very big community. It’s not like soccer.”

But the Bruins, whose roster also includes Alfred Aboya from Cameroon, are playing for a crown, and the Indomitable Lions are not.

The green, yellow and red flags of Cameroon will be waving in the RCA Dome tonight, and a UCLA student contingent will wear their “Cameroon Crazies” T-shirts, a takeoff on Duke’s “Cameron Crazies.”

All in support of the Cameroon connection that has helped the Bruins reach the final game for the 13th time in the program’s history.



Connected by Cameroon
By Bud Withers

INDIANAPOLIS — It's the U.S. college championship, but the international nature of basketball will be prominent in tonight's UCLA-Florida game.

Wonder what the overnight ratings will be in Yaounde, Cameroon?

"A friend e-mailed me," said UCLA forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. "I think it's going to be on TV. People who follow basketball [there] usually show interest in the Final Four."

Cameroon, a West African country of 16 million people, will have an unusual presence in this game. Florida's 6-foot-11 sophomore Joakim Noah, one of the dominant players in the tournament, is the son of former French Open tennis champion Yannick Noah, a product of Cameroon.

To call Joakim eclectic is to shortchange him. American-born, he travels to Cameroon to visit his grandfather, Zacharie, a village chief there. His mom, Cecilia Rodhe, was a Swedish model who took part in the 1978 Miss Universe pageant. She is now an accomplished sculptor.

Noah will match up against UCLA's Ryan Hollins, but surely he will have moments directly on Mbah a Moute and perhaps Bruins freshman Alfred Aboya, another Cameroon product.

In other words, if the game is on television in the early morning in Cameroon, it won't lack for local angles.

"I don't know if you've ever been to Orlando," Mbah a Moute said disarmingly, describing the capital city of Yaounde. "We don't have huts or anything like that."

Mbah a Moute's father is also the chief of a small village outside Yaounde. That means Luc Richard carries the title of prince, along with seven siblings.

"I definitely plan on going back home when everything is said and done," Mbah a Moute said. "If my dad chooses me as successor, I would love to do that."

Mbah a Moute came to a Florida prep academy and UCLA outrecruited Virginia Tech and South Carolina for him. Aboya, who has said his goal is to become president of Cameroon, went to a prep school in New Hampshire.

Mbah a Moute, the Pac-10 freshman of the year, told stories of a diet of snakes, elephant, cats and rats in his homeland. In the semifinals here, he outplayed both of the touted Louisiana State post players, Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas, with 17 points and nine rebounds.

His parents have never seen him play. Mbah a Moute hasn't been home in three years, but his parents and two brothers have visited him in the United States in the past year.

He'll no doubt have his hands full if he bumps into Noah, who has averaged 16.2 points and 9.6 rebounds in the tournament and had four blocks Saturday against George Mason.

Noah is reminiscent in athleticism and emotion to ex-Gonzaga big man Ronny Turiaf.

Late tennis great Arthur Ashe discovered Yannick Noah during an African tour in 1971 and Noah left his family at age 12 to attend school in France.

"They played doubles together at Wimbledon when my father was only 17," said Noah. "If it wasn't for Arthur, my father wouldn't be the tennis player he was."

The younger Noah shunned tennis himself because of his father's huge shadow and embraced basketball, especially after his mother moved the children from Paris to New York in 1998.

His father counsels him long-distance on how to stay relaxed, which the son takes with a grain of salt.

"For the first time in his life, he can't control what goes on on the court," Noah said with a smile. "He always tells me, 'Take a deep breath.' I say, 'Dude, chill out. Drink a couple of beers.' "

Father and grandfather slipped into the stands at Florida late on March 2 to see how far Joakim had progressed. As a freshman he played about nine minutes a game and averaged 3.5 points. But that night, he went for 37 points and 11 rebounds against Georgia.

Noah on his grandfather: "I love him to death. He's the man over there. His girlfriend is like, 30 years old. He goes to the clubs. He shines on the dance floor. He's crazy."

Noah and Mbah a Moute agree on Cameroon's culture.

"There's a lot of poverty over there," Noah said. "But it doesn't affect the people. I love going back over there. It's a happy people."

Proud, too, if Cameroon is watching tonight.



Just how big are these guys? Dont hear much about them in Sweden. But hey, i am impressed and it seems to me like a pointer that cameroon has alot athletic qualities to be exploited and invest in whcih unfortunately is not the case. All they need are the opportunities to make a break through!

Yannick Noah came out of cameroon to top the tennis charts. Eto'o left cameroon to Spain to gain a spot as the third best player in the world. So the story goes on and on!

Kudos to anyone out there tracing the same part of success! A success story fuels and inspires the downtrodden and pessimists! I am still to discount my believes that Cameroonians might just as well be the most educated of Africa south of the Sahari. Out of every 10 cameroonians i meet here atleast 8 have a university degree!



Unfortunately, it does not all depend on them. I am so proud of these guys and i would like extend my appreciation for their talents.

But the disorganised and corrupt Biya regime will never help these guys to help their country.

If they decide to play for another country, then no one should blame them. The Cameroon government is so badly and egoistically managed in a manner that associating oneself to the group is like paving a way to hell.

Guys keep it up and you shall always have our support even if tomorrow you play for "space".


The Cameroon kids

UCLA has two players from the African nation, but there are five others in the tournament

By Mike Hiserman [LA Times]
March 17, 2007

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alfred Aboya are UCLA's Cameroon Connection, but they are not the country's only link to the NCAA tournament.

There were 23 other Cameroonians on Division I rosters this season and five in the tournament, including Wil Fameni, a forward who had eight points and six rebounds on Thursday to help Virginia Commonwealth upset Duke.

There's also forward Gaston Essenque, a reserve who made a key contribution to help Nevada Las Vegas hold off Georgia Tech on Friday.

The others are reserves Franck Ndongo of Virginia Commonwealth, Bruce Nengsu of Creighton and Frank Tchuisi of Villanova.

Essenque is from Yaounde, the same hometown as Aboya. He played at Compton College as a freshman, then transferred to Weatherford College in Texas before joining the Runnin' Rebels. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds this season and, despite early foul trouble, came up big late in the game against Georgia Tech, getting fouled on a put-back rebound and then making two free throws to give UNLV a four-point cushion, 63-59, with 36.6 seconds left in the game.

Ndongo, a freshman who was scoreless in only five minutes against Duke, attended Montverde Prep in Florida along with Mbah a Moute. Ndongo, in an interview with the U.S. State Department's bureau of international information, said there are many young Cameroonians who "have the same dream, to come to the U.S., play basketball and go to school.

"I want to go home after getting my degree, bring a positive message to my country and encourage kids to follow their dreams," he added.

And, speaking of dreams, there's another player with a historical connection to Cameroon who has already won an NCAA basketball championship.

Joakim Noah of defending champion Florida is the son of former tennis star Yannick Noah — whose father was Zacharie Noah, who was a star soccer player in Cameroon.

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