Cameroonian Emana inks deal with Cruz Azul

The Cameroon midfielder arriving from United Arab Emirates side Al Wasl gives his new club a full allotment of international players.

Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana signed for Cruz Azul on Tuesday from United Arab Emirates side Al Wasl.

The Mexico City club announced the signing on its social media networks after Emana passed medical exams Tuesday morning.

“He’s a great player, what he does is extraordinary,” said Cruz Azul striker Mariano Pavone, who played with Emana at Betis, in a press conference Tuesday. “He has a lot of power, he’s very fast and the mental strength he has will help the team a lot.”

The signing of Emana means Cruz Azul now has the maximum five foreign players permitted by Liga Bancomer MX rules to be at the club, with Emana replacing Colombian Teofilo Gutierrez, who left for River Plate in a protracted transfer saga.

Emana played for Betis for three seasons, scoring 34 goals in 91 games, and was a regular for Cameroon before moving to the Middle East in 2011, although he has featured for the Indomitable Lions as recently as March in African World Cup qualifying.

Emana will become the first African to play for Cruz Azul and the ninth in Mexico’s first division.