By Basil K Mbuye
The young talented centre defender, Yannick Joachim Zacharie Noah, is a promising player to watch out for in this season’s Elite One championship, after he returned from a loan move to join parent club, Dragon FC of Yaounde.
The 16-year-old defender, after a season-long loan with Southwest Regional League side HO Academy of Buea, will, this year, play with the Tcha Tcha Tcha Boys. With HO Academy FC last season on loan, the performance of the youngster attracted bigger clubs. Going by many football pundits in the Region, Yannick Joachim Zacharie Noah’s reminds them of the days of former English defender, John Terry.
Ahead of the new season, the youngster is determined to create an impact in his first season in Cameroon top flight football with Dragon FC. He also dreams of representing the country in one of the national team categories. He was once called up to the Under 17 Lions’ den ahead of the 2017 Junior World Cup in Brazil. However, he failed to make the final list of the tournament.
Style of Play
He was born in Yaounde on March 11, 2004. From 2015 to 2017 he was with AS Espoir in the nation’s capital with the training centre. He will later on in 2017 join the Ancifoot Academy in Nyom. He later moved to start amateur football with AS Green City of Yaounde where he played the Divisional League.
He is a complete and dominant young defender who gets better in each game. He is strong, imposing defensive, athletic with physical presence. Above all, he is an extremely agile and elegant player, with excellent balance, ball skills, vision and passing ability for a defender. His technical skills and defensive ability makes him a versatile player from a tactical standpoint. He is athletic and physically strong defender, who is reliable in the air and is an accurate and tenacious ball-winner.
His ability to read the game and intervene at the right time is one of the things that make his game better.