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.