Parma, 13 February 2019 – Among the players who’ve featured for both Cagliari and Parma, this week’s Old Flame column focuses on the career of Patrick Mboma. The two teams will meet this Saturday at 18:00 CET on matchday 24 in Serie A TIM.

The Cameroon striker was born in 1970 before then enjoying a career as one of the best African players of a generation. He won the African Player of the Year award, gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and also the African Cup of Nations on two occasions.

At the start of the 1990s, he found a spot in France with Paris Saint Germain‘s second team. During two seasons, he scored 29 goals in 36 appearances and at Chateauroux he scored 22 in 48. He then went back to PSG with the first team before heading to Japan and Gamba Osaka following a loan spell with Metz. In the Japanese top flight, he scored 29 goals in 34 matches.

In the summer of 1998, Mboma was signed by Cagliari. For the Sardinians, Patrick scored 22 goals in 46 games across two seasons in the league and Coppa Italia. In 2000, he joined Parma. In his first season, he reached the tally of six goals in 27 appearances in all competitions (Serie A, Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup). In his second season, he was only at the club for the first half of the campaign, scoring once in the UEFA Cup.

A wide variety of experiences were to follow as he played in the Premier League for Sunderland, in Libya for Al Ittihad before returning to Japan with Tokyo Verdy and Vissel Kobe. For his country, he won 57 caps and scored 33 goals.