Monday, May 30, 2011

Mbuta II

Lost -- at least to me -- in the attention paid to Coach Bradley's announcement of a Gold Cup roster was Javier Clemente's list of 23 Cameroonian players called in to face Senegal in an African Cup qualifier group match scheduled for later this week.

The big news coming from Cameroon's camp was the return of Alex Song and Carlos Kameni to a team that already features Samuel Eto'o, Pierre Webo, Sebastien Bassong, Eyong Enoh, Stephane M'Bia, and Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Around here, the even bigger news is that 25-year old Matthew Mbuta was again called into the squad.

My internet search skills have failed to discern where Mr. Mbuta currently plays at the club level, but he is clearly doing enough to earn one heck of an honor by continued inclusion in a fairly strong footballing side.

As I wrote back in February, we're thrilled for Matthew and wish him the best in all future endeavors. I remain surprised that he does not appear to be on the radar of any MLS or NASL squads. I am also surprised that Mbuta's story -- a rise from playing for a second division U.S. team in dire circumstances to earning a spot amongst the Indomitable Lions -- is not a bigger deal.

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