Lucien Mettomo

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Lucien Mettomo is a former Cameroonian defender who was born on 19th April 1977 in Douala, Cameroon. Mettomo began his career with Tonnerre Yaounde, before moving to France and Saint-Etienne in 1996. The powerfully built centre back made a name for himself at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, and won his first international call up in 1997. Mettomo was in Cameroon's 1998 Africa Cup of Nations squad that reached the quarter finals of the tournament in February, but was not selected for in his country's World Cup squad the same year. Mettomo was also involved in The Indomitable Lions squad in 2000 when Cameroon won the Africa Cup of Nations.

On 28th September 2001 Mettomo signed for Kevin Keegan's Manchester City for a fee of £1,500,000. The former Saint-Etienne man made his debut in the Worthington Cup 6-0 pasting of Birmingham City on 10th October 2001. He played in half of City's games that promotion winning season, competing with the likes of Richard Dunne, Steve Howey and Gerard Wiekens for a spot at the centre of defence. Mettomo scored his first goal for the club on 16th December 2001 against Bradford. He was named in Cameroon's 2002 World Cup squad, but was an unused sub for all three games.

The Cameroonian barely played in 2002/03 for Man City. He was stuck in the reserves at Maine Road after Sylvain Distin arrived at the club. Mettomo played in the 2003 Confederations Cup, and helped Cameroon reached the final, which they lost in extra time to France. That tournament will always be overshadowed by the death of Mettomo's international and club team mate Marc-Vivien Foe, who collapsed on the pitch in the semi-final clash with Colombia.

On 29th August 2003 Mettomo joined Kaiserslautern for £500,000. He had three years at the Bundesliga club until their 2006 relegation. He joined Turkish outfit Kayseri Ericiyesspor for a brief spell, before moving to Swiss side FC Luzern.

Following a failed trial at Norwich City in September 2007, Mettomo moved to Southampton. The former Manchester City man failed to make a first team appearance for the club before being released in January 2008. The closet he came to playing for Saints was on 1st December 2007 when he was an unused substitute at Leicester. After leaving St Marys Mettomo had a short stay at Greek side Veria FC before hanging up his boots.

In February 2011 Mettomo was appointed sporting director at AS Lausanne Yaounde.