Jerome Guihoata first began kicking a ball around in the streets of Yaounde, where he later learned the fundamentals of the trade at Academie Yaounde. In 2013, after enjoying a run in Cameroon’s U-17 team, the imposing centre-back packed his bags for France, landing at Tours. Hard-working and determined, Guihoata impressed with the Ligue 2 side, earning himself a move to Valenciennes, who then sent him out on loan to Nimes.

Cameroon’s backroom staff continued to monitor the progress of one its brightest hopes, who celebrated his first senior cap in August 2013. Now aged 22 and currently defending the colours of Greek outfit Panionios, his recent strong performances did not escape the watchful eye of Hugo Broos, who brought Guihoata back into the national set-up after a long absence, to help Les Lions Indomptables face the challenges awaiting them in Russia.