Shoot­ing star Elokobi eyes a Cameroon cap

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL - By BAR­NEY CUL­LUM

WOLVES de­fender Ge­orge Elokobi (pic­tured, left) has said that he wants to play in­ter­na­tional foot­ball for his na­tive Cameroon.

The 23-year-old left-back was born to Cameroo­nian par­ents but grew up in Lon­don where he started his ca­reer.

Elokobi is hop­ing his per­for­mances in the Premier League could ear n him a call up to the In­domitable Lions squad.

“Af­ter grow­ing up watch­ing all the great play­ers wear the Cameroon shirt I would gladly play for Cameroon for free,” said Elokobi.

Elokobi’s main tar­get is in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion and he re­ceived a mes­sage of sup­port from In­domitable Lions star Modeste M’bami dur­ing pre-sea­son train­ing.

“Modeste came to Wolves for a brief trial over the sum­mer and he told me I could have a bright fu­ture with the na­tional team,” Elokobi said.

“He told me I had tal­ent, power, a great left foot and that he felt Cameroon needed more young play­ers like me in the team.”

New Cameroon man­ager Paul Le Guen has al­ready sig­nalled his in­ten­tions to over­haul the side af­ter drop­ping vet­eran Rigobert Song in his first match in charge against Aus­tria ear­lier this month.

Elokobi be­lieves Le Guen is right to con­cen­trate on Cameroon’s emerg­ing prospects as the African giants at­tempt to close the ground on World Cup qual­i­fy­ing Group A leaders Gabon.

“I have the ut­most re­spect for the likes of Rigobert Song but if you look around at the likes of An­dre Bikey, Alex Song, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Se­bastien Bas­song, Cameroon have lots of great young play­ers com­ing through.”

Elokobi was play­ing for non­league side Dul­wich Hamlet, un­paid, as re­cently as 2004.

“I was 18-years-old, at col­lege and just play­ing foot­ball in the park when Dul­wich spot­ted me,” he said.

Then came Colch­ester United at Cham­pi­onship and League One level for four years be­fore Wolves man­ager Mick McCarthy snapped him up.

It turned out to be the big­gest break of Elokobi’s fledg­ling ca­reer af­ter Wolves were pro­moted to the Premier League within 18 months of his join­ing.

“When I started at 18 I never thought I would get this far,” Elokobi told BBC Sport.

“If you keep be­liev­ing in your­self you can go a long way.

“It’s a dream come true to be play­ing in the Premier League but it’s real and it just shows you what can hap­pen if you work hard.” – bbc.com

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