Djemba Djemba joins St.Mirren to revive World Cup dream



New St.Mirren signing Eric Djemba-Djemba is aiming to use the next few months in Paisley to revive his hopes of going to the World Cup in Brazil with Cameroon.

The 32-year-old joined the Scottish Premiership side after being released by Partizan Belgrade before Christmas.

After being asked about his chances of going to Brazil, the midfielder said: “Why not? I just need to be good on the pitch, enjoy myself, play well with my new team-mates and I hope the manager of Cameroon will think about me.

“You know in Cameroon we change managers like we change shirts,” he said. “I hope he will think about me if he needs my experience.

“I played in the team for eight and a half years from 2001. So if he needs me I will be happy to pull on the Cameroon shirt, because it’s a dream for everyone. I hope he will think about it. But the decision is in my hands – to work, play and try to be called up for the World Cup.”

Djemba Djemba joined United in 2003 in a £3.5 million transfer from French side Nantes, but after failing to make the mark at Old Trafford he joined Aston Villa. He ended up at Burnley on loan before moving to the Middle East with Qatar SC, then Odense and Hapoel Tel Aviv before moving to Serbia in the summer.

Despite failing to make the grade in the UK previously, Djemba Djemba is pleased to be back in Britain. He added: “For me it’s a great league and they are also in the cup so it’s a good challenge for me. For me, the Scottish league is similar to the English league so it’s a great move for me. African people will see me in British football so I like that. It will not be new for me to be on the pitch and tackle left and right.”


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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