Karl Toko-Ekambi – man for the big moments

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Despite a very good record at club level, Karl Toko-Ekambi is yet to set the scene alight on the international stage. The 29-year-old striker who has a club career of total of 122 goals, has only managed five goals in 40 appearances. 

He broke his international football virginity in a 3–2 friendly win over Burkina Faso in Colombes, France, in 2015, only finding his scoring boots a more than a year later in a 2–0 home win over the Gambia in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. 

He was a member of the Afcon winning team in Gabon in 2018 under the tutelage of current Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos. 

As a senior member of the Cameroonian side, a lot will be expected from Toko-Ekambi as the Indomitable Lions will be hoping to win the COVID-affected tournament on home soil. But he is a man of big moments – a feat that would be attested to by his former club, Angers. With the club staring relegation in the eye in 2018, Toko-Ekambi scored two telling goals for Angers in the second half helping them avoid relegation, finishing the season with 17 goals and winning the inaugural Prix Marc Vivian Foe award for the best African players in the league.  

Well-travelled, the Paris-born attacker, who plies in trade in France, played in his country of birth for Ligue 2 club, Paris FC before joining Villareal in Spain La Liga, once winning the Best Player of the Month, scoring 10 goals in his first season.