The Buffon way;38 in a week's time,Lukong Nelson Bongaman is in the CAF CC Final - Totalfoot24.com

The Buffon way;38 in a week’s time,Lukong Nelson Bongaman is in the CAF CC Final

Congolese side,AS Vita club will face will face Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the 2018 CAF confederations cup final. Both sides booked their tickets to the finals after convincingly thrashing their semi finals opponent over two legs on Wednesday.

Lukong Nelson Bongaman is the 37 year old Cameroonian goalkeeper whose name will forever remain in the hearts of all in Kinshasa.

On the 1st of July 2008,a goalkeeper at his prime joined AS Vita club of Kinshasa little did many know that 10 years on the former Buea and Kumbo based footballer will still be the most important component of a successful Congolese club.

In 10 years mostly under the head coach of the Congolese national selection, Florent Ibenge who doubles as AS Vita club Lukong has been competition from different keepers;Lema,Ebunga,Mubele,Diba but Lukong has preserved his place as the « number one » for the black Dauphins.

A clean sheet over two legs in the CAF confederation cup semi finals over Egyptian side,Al Masry means unfortunate CAF champions league finalist in 2014, winner of the Congolese championship in 2015 and the best goalkeeper in the Congolese championship in the 2017 season, Nelson Lukong will have another chance to taste continental success when his club face Moroccan Giants,Raja in a two legged final which begins on November 25 away in Casablanca before welcoming Raja in his spiritual home in Kinshasha at 80 000 seaters Martyrs stadium on December 2.

3 domestic league titles,1 Congolese super cup,plus multiple individual titles in the cupboard makes Lukong’s time at the club simply remarkable.

To many in Kumbo,Buea or Douala it unbelievable to still see the man born on the 31st of October 1980 between the sticks, but why doubt? Lukong comes from the same country with goalkeeper, Thomas Nkono and Nkono inspired legendary Italian keeper,Gianligui Buffon, who is still in active service at 40 for French side PSG.

 

ANGU LESLEY

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