Fai Collins, Lions Defender

We Would Give Everything To Avoid Any Regrets – Fai Collins

By Etienne Mengnjo

Cameroon’s international and right-back defender, Collins Fai, says the team would do everything possible to win against Serbia when they meet them in the second group match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Speaking during a press conference attended by the team’s coach Rigobert Song, Fai said, no mistakes will be allowed given that the slightest mistakes will be paid in cash.

“It is very important for us to show something different from what we did in the previous game. We must win to hope to go far in this tournament.”

“We are serene and we know what awaits us,” Fai continued indicating, “We know the level of Serbia. We are going to give everything so that we don’t have any regrets.”

According to Fai, “We don’t have any calculation to make; we just have to give everything to win this match. It is a high-level tournament; the slightest mistake will be paid in cash. We are determined, nothing has changed.”

Cameroon will face Serbia in a crucial must-win game in Qatar on Monday, November 28. In their first match, the Indomitable Lions lost to Switzerland 1-0.

Cameroon has also lost eight straight World Cup matches in a row. They are fighting to avoid equaling Mexico’s unwanted record of nine in that regard.

A win this Monday will spring up their next-round dream even though they will face Brazil in the last group match.

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Al-Tai Secures Victory As Collins Fai Makes Debut

By Etienne Mainimo

Saudi Arabia Professional League side has, Al Tai secured a win as Fai Collins makes his debut for the club at the Prince Abdul Aziz bin Musa’ed Stadium.

Al Tai registered a 3-1 victory over Al Baten on the 20th day of play of the Saudi Arabian Professional Football League.

Fai Collins who started on the bench accompanied the team to victory when the silence was cleared off at the 55th minute through Jamal Bajandoh. At the 75th minute, Al Tai doubled scores and sealed the deal at extra time.

Fai Collins was at the beginning of the goal action. For sure, the Cameroonian right-back has started to keep his mark. In a twitter message, Fai said, “First minutes, First 3pts, Pre assist.”

The Bronze medalist, the right-back at the just-ended Africa Cup of Nations 2021 recently left Standard Liege in Belgium for the Saudi Arabia side.

Al Tai currently occupies the 10th position with 22 points. The club will face Al ITTIFAQ on the 21st day of play on Saturday, February 21.

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Fai Collins Writing Own Dependable History In Lions’ Den

By Etienne Mainimo

His resilient effort in stopping opponents has greatly ameliorated, his crosses inside the opponents’ box, the reason he has bagged six assists since the start of AFCON 2021 on January 9.

Collins Ngoran Fai’s performance at the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021 is the talk on every lip. Just like in 2017 in Gabon, Fai Collins has made many see him as the solution to the Indomitable Lions’ right-back problem.

From households to the quarters, drinking spots and media space, the dependable Fai as he has been nicknamed has become household name.

Fai’s consistency in his performance especially in the ongoing AFCON has continued to improve from one match to another and has made many place their confidence in him.

Collins Fai is almost flawless on his right back, a performance that has been praised by the National Union of Footballers of Cameroon (SYNAFOC). “The right-back of the Indomitable Lions is impeccable since the beginning of the CAN.”

His battling and relentless presence at right-back provide a valuable outlet to get his team up the field at any given time. His calmness and the ever-smiling and serious face tell you of what he can do to save his team.

His resilient effort in stopping his opponent has greatly ameliorated, his crosses inside the opponents’ box the reason why he is currently hosting six assists to his credit since the AFCON nations began on January 9.

His good relays have imposed his presence during each game of the lions and definitely, he has become one of the preferred routes of the Indomitable Lions. He has proven that and is still proving worth.

The young defender born in Nso, Bui Division of the Northwest Region of Cameroon was first called up to join the Lions on October 11, 2015, against Nigeria in a friendly match.

He came in as a substitute at the 67th minute in place of his compatriot Sebastien Bassong and the match ended in a 3-0 defeat. He has also passed through the ranks of the U-21 and U-23 national selections.  

Before the stint with Romanian outfit Dinamo Bucarest, Fai had passed through the ranks of Bamenda FC football Academy before joining Union of Douala in 2011.

Going on to form a central part of the Union Sportive of Douala squad that won their first league title in 20 years, in 2012, Fai showed his bravery. His height hasn’t been a problem as he goes up high receiving all incoming balls, rights up and down his lane without being tired.

His lack of game time in the next season saw sold on loan out to Njalla Quan Sports Academy. In Limbe, Fai nailed down a regular starting spot and that is how his abilities soon caught the eyes of several European clubs.

Besides all of these, Collins Fai before leaving the country participated in the first edition of the Bui Sports Fans competition in 2007 where he was among the best defenders. He played for High Landers Football Club.

The Competition was a yearly tournament that was organized by Bui Strikers Veteran FC Yaounde to help promote sons and daughters of the division to greater heights in sports.

One of the fruits Fai is harvesting from his resilient and hard work is his recent contract agreeing to play for Saudi Arabia Club, Al-Tai FC.

In a Twitter message, the Belgian club said, “thank you, uncle”. His new club said, “congrats on qualifying for the semi-finals.”

The 29-year -old native of Nso from Kikaikom has been in the Belgian top tier side, Standard Liege since 2016. Fai made 162 appearances for the club scoring four goals and providing 22 assists. He also won the Belgian cup twice in 2016 and 2018.

Fai won the 2017 AFCON with the Cameroon team in Gabon. He started as a substitute in this competition but was able to impose himself in the second game against Guinea Bissau has remained a regular starter for the team.

The dependable Fai is the pride of all especially inhabitants from Nso land.

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‘We Would Give Our Best Against Cape Verde– Collins Fai

By Etienne Mainimo

One of Cameroon’s finest defender, recent under the appellation, ‘the dependable’ Collins Fai , has said the Lions would give their best when they face Cape Verde in their last Group A match of the ongoing TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations; AFCON going on in Cameroon.

Collins Fai made the statement on Sunday January 16 during a pre-match press conference at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde.

Facing the media, Fai said they have a competitive team and everybody wants to contribute to the success of the team. In the same lane, they are going to give in their best when they face Cape Verde.

“…I believe that if the coach called in 28 players, he has confidence in them. Tomorrow, we are going to give our best and maintained the momentum,” he said.

Fai added, “We have to play offensive and we are ready for the challenge. We have learnt from the two games we played against Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. We want to take every game 100 percent. We are focused on improving every day.”

Going by Fai, “Our game tomorrow is not difficult because everyone wants to play, to show what he is capable of. We know we have qualified but we need to continue winning, building our confidence and learning.”

“We made a lot of mistakes in the past two games and we need to correct them and look forward to the next phase of the competition. We are on a positive lane,” Fai stated.

Talking about the social media, he reiterated, “It is true we have our social media platform, we are following up and we feel the encouragement, support and pressure and all of this we have to manage it positively.”

“It makes us want to improve every day. We are happy that the fans are behind us and we will continue to work hard to keep the joy we are giving to Cameroonians and African football,” he said.