Sono gets a young Lion from the desert


Bra J’s latest find, 20-year-old Leony Léonard Kwekeu, was picked up in the hot, desert sands of war-torn Iran where he has been playing for Steel Azin, a club owned by Persian footballing legend Ali Parvin.

However, due to the fact that Ezenkosi already has a full quota of foreign players, it is likely that the youthful striker, who has reportedly signed a three-deal, will be loaned out if he arrives in South Africa before the current season ends.

Kick’s source in Cameroon describes Kwekeu as having great individual technique, good dribbling skills and a powerful shot. They add that his good overall performance is enhanced by his accurate long and short passing and this gives his coaches the option of using him on the right wing.

But Sono is more likely to have been influenced by Kwekeu’s consistent goal scoring record, which is always the sign of a good striker.

Born on July 12, 1987 in Yaounde, Kwekeu began his career at the Inter Stars academy in the Cameroon capital at the age of 14. In his first season there netted 13 goals in 23 games.

The following year he was signed by Second Division side Cintra FC and con-incidentally repeated his feat of playing 23 games and netting 13 times to help Cintra win the League and gain promotion to the top division.

Playing among the country’s elite at the age of 16, the young striker’s form continued in the 2002/03 season when he netted 10 goals in 26 appearances.

He maintained his strike rate average of around two goals in every five games the following year again even though he had a loan spell at neighbouring Impots FC. He netted five times in 13 games for Cintra in the first half of the season and then added another four goals from nine games at his new home.

This did not go unnoticed and Kwekeu was called up to Indomitable Lions Under-18 squad where he scored twice in seven internationals.

The following year the 1,87 tall striker was signed by double Asian champions, Iranian giants Esteghlal, where he played for one season before moving to his most recent club, Teheran’s Steel Azin.

During his time in Iran, Kwekue was called up to Cameroon’s Under-20 national squad where he made three appearances alongside Dennis Eto’o, brother of Africa’s former Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto’o who plays for FC Barcelona in Spain.