Eric Djemba-Djemba was once regarded as one of the greatest footballing talents to emerge from Cameroon. While he was under contract to French club Nantes, Europe’s top clubs were queuing up to sign the midfielder. In the event, it was Manchester United who won the race. But the 26-year-old did not find his feet in the UK and Manchester
United first loaned him to Aston Villa before he moved on to Burney and then answered a call to Qatar last July. Compatriot Bill Tchato, well known for his performances with Montpellier, Nice and Kaiserslautern, moved to the Gulf at about the same time and is therefore feeling very much at home. Other players who have been drawn to the desert country are Morocco’s defender Talal El Karkouri, Iran’s spektacular striker Ali Karimi (previously with Bayern Munich) and Senegal international Mamadou Diallo.