Patrick Mboma has converted to Islam and is now called Abdoul Djalil (video)

Patrick Mboma has converted to Islam and is now called Abdoul Djalil (video)
Patrick Mboma has converted to Islam and is now called Abdoul Djalil (video)

Former Indomitable Lion Patrick Mboma converted to Islam today. The ritual of his Islamization took place this Friday at the Bonamosadi mosque in Douala. The one affectionately called “Magic” is now called Abdoul Djalil Mboma. A religious turning point in the life of the double African champion (2000-2002).

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Mboma’s legendary journey:

Patrick Mboma had a remarkable football career. The one who left his native Douala at two years old sends his first strikes with his left foot to Pavillons-sous-Bois, in Seine-Saint-Denis. Very young, he understood that his talent alone could not be enough to achieve his goals. He was then able to combine his qualities with a good dose of discipline, hard work and above all humility.

Spotted at PSG, he plays in reserve crossed out on the front of the attack by George Weah, David Ginola or even Amara Simba. It will only be the beginning of a long journey, which sends him on loan first to Châteauroux, then to Metz. He crashes a lot with the Berrichonne in Ligue 2, then in National, much less with the Garnets in Ligue 1. Period of doubt, period of hollow, the Cameroonian must revive. The native of Douala flew to Japan and signed for Gamba Osaka in 1997. Put in good conditions and having the confidence of his leaders, Mboma literally exploded in the Japanese championship. The record is very flattering, 25 goals in 28 games (top scorer in the J-League).

Shortly before the 1998 World Cup, he gave himself the opportunity to bounce back in Europe, he signed with Cagliari at the end of his Japanese season before moving to Parma where he rubbed shoulders with Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Lilian Thuram… But no matter, Mboma’s destiny is African. It was in the year 2000 that the Cameroonian striker became a legend. Winner of the CAN, the lion, alongside Samuel Eto’o still a lion cub, carries his nation to the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney, a tournament during which the Indomitable Lions will successively beat Ronaldinho’s Brazil in the quarter. , Zamorano’s Chile in the half, then Xavi’s Spain in the final!

Two years later, the Indomitable Lions again won the African Cup of Nations, of which he was obviously the top scorer. African Golden Ball in 2000, twice Golden Boot of the CAN, “Magic Patrick” is also the author of an exceptional comeback against the Blues during a friendly match at the Stade de France.

The article is in French

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