Cameroon’s Young Lion Olinga Achieving World Cup Dreams

Posted June 8th, 2014 at 10:40 am (UTC-4)
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Fabrice Olinga celebrates his goal against Celta Vigo in 2012 when, at age 16, he became the youngest goalscorer in Spanish First Division history. Photo: Reuters

Fabrice Olinga celebrates his goal against Celta Vigo in 2012 when, at age 16, he became the youngest goalscorer in Spanish First Division history. Photo: Reuters

Cameroonian striker Fabrice Olinga, who celebrated his 18th birthday May 12th, will be the youngest player at the World Cup football tournament in Brazil.

Born in Cameroon’s seaport commercial capital of Douala, Olinga developed his skills at the Samuel Eto’o Foundation, established by the country’s four-time African Footballer of the Year.

Eto’o, now 33, was even younger than Olinga – at 17 years and three months – when he played in his first World Cup for Cameroon at the 1998 tournament in France.

Olinga considers Eto’o a hero, describing the elder statesman of The Indomitable Lions of

Cameroon's captain Samuel Eto'o (#9) in action against Germany June 1 in a World Cup warm-up match. Photo: AP

Cameroon’s captain Samuel Eto’o (#9) in action against Germany June 1 in a World Cup warm-up match. Photo: AP

Cameroon as a legend who has achieved a great deal.

Fabrice Olinga says he’ll be proud to play alongside Samuel Eto’o in Brazil, but it’s doubtful Cameroon’s German coach, Volker Finke, will give him many minutes at football’s premier event. Finke used Olinga as a substitute in Cameroon’s World Cup warm-up matches.

Regardless of his playing time in Brazil, Olinga says he’s “living a dream” by being selected for Cameroon’s World Cup team.

Fabrice Olinga with his Malaga teammates in 2012. Photo: Reuters

Fabrice Olinga with his Malaga teammates in 2012. Photo: Reuters

He recently completed his first season for the Belgian club Zulte Waregem, on loan from Spain’s Malaga.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will kick off their World Cup campaign June 13th when they play Mexico in Natal, Brazil.

With host country and five-time world champion Brazil the big favorite in Group A, Cameroon is expected to fight it out with Mexico and Croatia for a berth in the knockout stages.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Cameroon’s Young Lion Olinga Achieving World Cup Dreams”

  1. segun Adeyemi says:

    Fabrice is definitely living a dream! Playing alongside your hero is as good as it gets. Being the youngest player at a FIFA World Cup is an honour. Congratulations Fabrice and Godspeed in Brazil!

  2. Sonny Young Sonny Young says:

    More grease to your sporty elbows, Segun! Thanks for reading, buddy.

  3. vonjesco says:

    I’m so proud of you Fabrice and can only wish you have the opportunity to score many goals and take the team forward in Brazil.

  4. Vincent wambua says:

    Africa is proud of you. To play at the world at your age is every players dream. Keep it up we are watching you. God bless Fabrice.

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