Unbeatable 12th player

For the past fifteen years, major football competitions involving men’s and women’s national teams have been occasions for makossa singer Njohreur to carve a special niche. Like during the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in 2016, the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, and the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN 2021), the Douala boy used music and personified gadgets to drum-up support for the Lions during the AFCON 2021 organised in Samuel Eto’o’s country.

Before and during the soccer jamboree, Njohreur made the rounds of broadcast media houses to market the 12th player or supporters’ kits. They included personalised T-shirts, bearing the colours of the Cameroon flag, the wearer’s name plus jersey number 12 reserved for fans of Indomitable Lions. His conception extended to a green, red and yellow footwear popularly called “Matanga” or Dschang shoes.”

During Cameroon’s matches, a sea of supporters including top personalities donned the gadgets bought from the conceiver Njohreur alias “Mbanu Tiger”. At the AFCON inaugural in Olembe, Yaounde and at the Bonamoussa Fan Zone in Douala, the singer separately thrilled spectators with the 12th player’s hymn christened “Ali Tchenguele”. The ambiance gathered steam from the beginning to the end of the Indomitable Lions’ encounters. In appreciation for his work, fans procured copies of his latest opus titled “Le Gobelet de Dieu” (translation- “God’s Cup”) featuring his master Petit Pays.?


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