Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa has joined Belgium side KV Oostende on a four-year deal.
The 22-year-old stopper completed the move on Wednesday after his time with the B-team of Spanish La Liga side Sevilla.
“Cameroonian Fabrice Ondoa will be the new goalkeeper of KV Oostende,” the Belgian club announced on their website.
However, the signing of Ondoa has been influenced by Cameroon’s former manager Hugo Broos who is now sporting director at KV Oostende.
Broos is a huge admirer of the young goalkeeper from his time while working with Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions whom he led to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title with Ondoa in goal.
Ondoa believes his “patience and hard work” have been rewarded and is grateful to Broos.
He also described his time in Spain as “a dead end.”
Now Ondoa is keen to follow in the footsteps of Gabonese Didier Ovono a former goalkeeper at the Belgian club.
“My patience and hard work is now being rewarded, thanks to Mr Broos.
“I was on a dead end in Spain for incomprehensible reasons and then Mr Broos phoned me to say that he was still looking for a goalkeeper, (if) I wanted to come immediately. In the end I am happy that it succeeded. I know that KV Oostende had a very popular and good African goalkeeper in the past with Didier Ovono. It is up to me to prove that I am a very worthy successor. Together with William Dutoit I will work in a sporting and collegial way to bring this club back to success,” said Ondoa to the club’s website.
Broos knows the Cameroonian from close quarters and reeled out one of his biggest qualities as being his “tremendous jump power.” Already KV Oostende manager Gert Verheyen is happy with the new-signing, according to Broos.
“Fabrice is 1.85m (six feet) and has a tremendous jump power. He is a goalkeeper that I could count on during the Africa Cup,” said Broos. “Gert also saw him at work and said ‘YES’ right away.”
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