By ERIC SAMUEL
DONE DEAL: Former Negri Sembilan striker Christian Beckamengo (left) signing the contract with Bandung FC of Indonesia. On his right is Persib Bandung FC team representative Chandra.
PETALING JAYA: Cameroon striker Christian Beckamenga Beckamengo will ply his trade in the Indonesian League next season.
The 20-year-old, who was the hotshot for Negri Sembilan, scoring a total of 43 goals in two seasons, will play for Persib Bandung FC.
His agent, Mohammed Mroueh, confirmed yesterday that Beckamengo had signed up with the Indonesian team after having waited in vain for the Super League champions to renegotiate a contract for the 2006-07 season in Malaysian Super League (MSL).
“It has been frustrating for him after all he had done for the team. His heart was with Negri but they failed to come to an agreement,” said Mroueh.
“He has better offers and wanted the best for him. But the last straw was when they sent the team kit-man to follow up on the agreement to their terms and conditions.”
Beckamengo had wanted a new deal with Negri after playing the last match of the season in the Malaysia Cup final against Perlis on Sept 16.
But he was kept waiting and when negotiations got underway, they were unable to give him a good deal and handed him a one-way ticket out of the country.
“Football is serious business. The player was disappointed when they did not value his service and sent the kit-man to do the follow up. It was then that he gave up on Negri,” said Mroueh.
“The Indonesian official from Bandung came and signed up Beckamengo on Saturday midnight in Kuala Lumpur. It is a much better deal and they even paid him cash for the signing on fee.”
Negri under coach K. Devan had one of the best seasons this year. They won the Super League title, reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and were the runners-up in the Malaysia Cup. As the league champions, Negri will play in the AFC Cup next season.
The other two foreigners in the team have also left for home. They are Liberian attacking midfielder Buston Brown and Zambian winger Noel Rodwell.
Even Devan’s fate is hanging in the balance. The FA of Malaysia (FAM) want only full-time coaches next season. Devan is the assistant director of the state’s Department of Environment.
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