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Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo (born 22 June 1991) is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Montpellier of Ligue 1 and the Cameroon national team.

Ambroise Oyongo
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Personal information
Full name Ambroise Oyongo Bitolo
Date of birth (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Ndikiniméki, Cameroon
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Montpellier
Number 8
Youth career
2008–2010 Moussango FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Coton Sport 123 (8)
2014New York Red Bulls (loan) 13 (0)
2015–2017 Montreal Impact 60 (2)
2018– Montpellier 29 (2)
National team
2010–2011 Cameroon U20 8 (0)
2013– Cameroon 43 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:32, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:34, 6 October 2019(UTC)

Club careerEdit

Ambroise Oyongo began his career with Moussango FC of Yaoundé in 2008. His play with Moussango attracted the interest of top club Coton Sport FC who signed him in July 2010. He quickly established himself at the club winning the league title in his first year with Coton Sport. In 2011, he helped the club to the league and cup double. In 2013, he won another league title and helped lead Coton Sport to the semi-finals of the 2013 CAF Champions League.[1]

 
Oyongo in action against Arsenal

During the 2013 season, Oyongo went on trial with French side Lille and it was reported that he would be joining the Ligue 1 side during the 2014 January transfer window.[2] The move never materialised and in January 2014 Oyongo went on trial with New York Red Bulls. He impressed during his trial and on 7 March 2014, he officially signed with the club. [3] In his first season with New York the versatile Oyongo was a key player for the club during the second half of the season as he made starts at both left-back and in midfield helping his side qualify for the league playoffs. On 30 October 2014, Oyongo assisted on Bradley Wright-Phillips winning goal in the last minute of the match helping New York defeat Sporting Kansas City and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.[4]

On 27 January 2015, Oyongo was traded to Montreal Impact with Eric Alexander, an international player roster spot and allocation money for Felipe and the 1st pick in the MLS allocation ranking.[5]

Oyongo's contract expired at the end of the 2017 season, and he opted to move to Europe rather than renewing his deal with Montreal.[6] He signed with French club Montpellier HSC in December 2017.[7]

International careerEdit

Oyongo played for Cameroon at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. On 28 July 2013 he made his debut with the Cameroon senior team, starting in a 1–0 victory over Gabon at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.

At the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Oyongo scored his first international goal in a 1–1 draw against Mali on 20 January 2015.[8] He was named in Cameroon's squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup but was later ruled out of the tournament after suffering a ruptured patellar tendon during a 1–0 win over Morocco on 10 June.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

InternationalEdit

As of matches played on 12 July 2019[10]
Cameroon national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 0 0
2013 1 0
2014 5 0
2015 9 1
2016 6 0
2017 9 0
2018 4 0
2019 7 0
Total 41 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Cameroon's goal tally first.[10]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 January 2015 Malabo, Equatorial Guinea   Mali 1–1 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Coton Sport

InternationalEdit

Cameroon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coton Sport book semifinal berth". westafricanfootall.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Ambroise Oyongo a Lille" (in French). westafricanfootall.com. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Red Bulls Sign Ambroise Oyongo". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Red Bulls defeat Sporting". mlsscoccer.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  5. ^ "L'Impact effectue une transaction majeure avec les Red Bulls". 27 January 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Impact exercises options for six players". 16 November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Cameroon's Ambroise Oyongo agrees to Montpellier switch". BBC. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Mali 1-1 Cameroon". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Cameroon's Ambroise Oyongo ruled out of Confederations Cup". ESPN. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b Ambroise Oyongo at National-Football-Teams.com

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