Apoula Edima Edel is a Cameroon native who played for Armenia four weeks after arriving in the country and two days after receiving his nationality.
His case is famous because he seems to be the only player in recent memory to have been coerced into playing for a national team. Edel has filed a case with FIFA in an attempt to grant him the possibility of playing for his native Cameroon.
In recent years, the Armenian goalkeeper has been a back-up to ex-France International Mickaël Landreau at Paris Saint-Germain and has been giving stellar performances as the club advanced in other competitions.
Yesterday was another one of those performances where the twenty-three year-old Yaoundé native dazzled with elegance and skills, reminding many of his country’s tradition with great goalkeepers (Joseph-Antoine Bell, Jacques Songo’o and maybe the best one of them all, Thomas N’kono).
Edel seemed to be the rare Parisian not distracted by this Sunday’s confrontation with Olympique de Marseille in the Ligue 1. The other one being the obvious man Paris will miss, Stephane Sessegnon.
The diminutive Benin superstar is actually suspended in the Championnat de France and won’t see action on Sunday night. On his club’s website, the former Le Mans star expressed his exhaustion at the end of the game, but said his rage of not playing against Marseille was his fuel and the reason he kept going.
Paris is second to Lyon in the Ligue 1 with 52 points and Marseille is third with 49 points. The “Classico” will be played at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Sunday night at 21:00 CET.
Massaër Ndiaye, Goal.com