The shame: Achille Emaná, the African who was devalued in Cruz Azul

It was one of the surprises in the transfer market prior to the 2013 Liga MX Apertura tournament. Cruz Azul made official the reinforcement of the Cameroonian Achille Emaná, emerged from the basic forces of Toulouse in France, with a successful stint at Real Betis, and from Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates, for the next two years.

Taking into account that Emaná had come to cost 14 million euros, the signing looked profitable, since it was in the Spanish team where he excelled as a footballer and had several big clubs in the world fighting for his letter: Sevilla FC, West Ham United and Newcastle United tried to reinforce themselves with him, among others.

Nevertheless, his passage through Mexico did nothing but sentence a career that was already dead. During his first semester he barely played a game with the U-20, nine of the regular phase and two of Liguilla. In the Clausura 2014 he scored a goal in four games, and for the Apertura tournament he was inactive and added 0 minutes.

He went to Atlante, then to Gimnástic of the Second Division of Spain, and then to Tokushima Vortis in Japan. Mumbai City of India was his new destination in 2016, in 2017 he went to Gerona of Spain, San Sebastián de Los Reyes and Real Jaén, which was his last club in professionalism.

Emaná celebrating her only goal with Cruz Azul. (Imago 7)

Today Emaná is valued at 50 thousand euros and has not found a club since August 2020, when it was terminated from the Spanish cast. In any case, he has not officially announced his retirement from football, but his time at Cruz Azul ended up sentencing a career that was never high.

Good: the establishment was reinforced

Bad: there were no real signings


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