In the middle of December some news came to Paris Saint-Germain or from the club to be exact, as Director of Football Operations Alain Roche reached out to Le Parisien reporters to let them know that his goalkeeper Apoula Edel was being blackmailed by one of his former coaches.
Nicolas Phillibert, Edel's alleged former coach in Cameroon said
that he was the one who convinced the Yaounde native of moving to
Armenia in 2002. According to Phillibert, he paid for most of his
expenses for two years and is still waiting for Edel to pay him back.
the most disturbing in the whole story is that Phillibert claims Apoula
Edel is not the goalkeeper's real patronym, stating that his real name
was Ambroise Beyamena and that he was 19 in 2001 when he was allegedly
coaching him, making him 27 and not the 23 Edel was claiming.
receiving the news in the form of an AS Saint-Etienne staff's complaint
to the league after winning their confrontation 3-0 , Paris
Saint-Germain seemed very calm about the whole situation and the
blackmailing didn't seem to bother them as much as Saint-Etienne's lack
of class in the matter.
Anyway, after two weeks of speculation from the
press and very little communication from the club itself, Edel has told
the Le Parisien that he would be receiving papers from Cameron in the
upcoming week and would be suing Nicolas Phillibert in defamation.
Edel has had one hell of a ride in his short years as a professional. After
leaving Cameroon, he was, coerced into playing for Armenia by his former
employers. After suing and succeeding in the matter, he hopes he will
be able to play for Cameroon in South Africa as Paul Le Guen is the man
who brought him over from Roumania to Paris Saint-Germain.