By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo
Tall, strong, and ball-winning are just a few words that describe Fernando Bongnyang Dzekem. He might be out of the scene for a while now, especially from the Cameroon public but Bongnyang, as he is commonly called, has gradually paved his way into the football history in and out of Cameroon.
In a chat with the central defender who plays for FC Saint Eloi Lupopo in Congo, Bongnyang said he is more committed than ever before to taking his team, FC Saint Éloi Lupopo to another level. Going by the central defender, his objective is to take his team play in the continental level.
“My objective with my team is just very simple; my objective is to take my team to play at the continental level. As a player, I want to see that my team play either the champions CAF Champions League or the Confederation Cup. That is the pride of any African team.”
“I am convinced that if we qualify and get to that level, we are going to make everyone proud because we are a determined side. We have the spirit and I will add my hard work to see that we attained that level,” he added.
The 1.85m central defender who is also a defensive midfielder is said to have joined FC Saint Eloi Lupopo from Tout Puissant Mazembe, TPM in 2021.
FC Saint Eloi Lupopo is currently occupying the third position with 40 points in the general classification table of the 2021/22 Super Liga República del Congo. TPM is first on the table with 45 points followed by AS Vitam with 40 points.
The Player Fernando Bongnyang Dzekem
The story of Fernando Bongnyang Dzekem dates back to his time at the Brasseries Football School of Cameroon. His remarkable four-year stay in the academy gave him the leeway to earn a two-year contract with PWD of Bamenda.
After a two-year stay with the Bamenda-based club, Bongnyang settled again for another regional side, Bali United FC. The going was smooth until they qualified to play the national inter-pools in Garoua but shortly after that, he joined Yong Sports Academy, YOSA.
His four-year stay with YOSA earned him a Cup of Cameroon trophy thanks to the last goal he scored against Canon FC in 2013.
His performance got the attention of Coton Sport of Garoua who immediately got his bags to settle for the club. Joining the club in 2014, he won the Cup of Cameroon and subsequently became league champions with the Garoua club.
However, in 2015/2016, Bongnyang was selected into the Intermediate Lions to represent Cameroon in the CEMAC Football Competition that was held in Equatorial Guinea. As a captain of the team, he alongside his teammates defended the country with pride and honour.
In 2017, he moved over to Tout Puissant Mazembe, TPM, de Lubumbashi in Congo, one of the most successful club in that country, after a stay with TPM, he was contacted on loan to Cercle Sportif Don Bosco FC where he captained the team.
Returning from Don Bosco FC, he joined the current squad of Tout Puissant Mazembe where he played only 481 minutes in seven matches, including six as a starter.
In 2021 following the expiry of his two-season contract on June 30, Bongnyang parted ways with the club. In the meantime, F.C Saint Eloi Lupopo found his services useful and is currently on their list. Injury might have prevented him from fully displaying his skills but he said to be up for the challenge that lies ahead.
Nevertheless, the greatest pride and honour he is looking for is to represent his Country in Cameroon in subsequent competitions if he is given the opportunity.
“I am looking forward to the day when I will be called up to represent my country, Cameroon at the senior level. That, I know, I will happily play with pride and honour given that, that has always been my dream,” he pointed out.