Malaysia's Best African Imports: Part II

Having featured seven quality African players who graced the Malaysia Super League (MSL) in part one of the series, FourFourTwo presents another seven who played key roles for their respective clubs...

OBINNA NWANERI

After stints in Nigeria, Switzerland and Kuwait, it is fair to say that the well-travelled Nwaneri brought with him valuable experience as he made the transition to playing in Malaysia.

Nwaneri beefed up Kelantan's defence as the Red Warriors became unstoppable and impenetrable. He ensured Kelantan did not leak goals while Mohamed Ghaddar fired the team to victory at the other end, claiming a domestic treble in 2012.

The Nigerian was on top of his game the next season but fell out with management the following year and left the club in April. Nwaneri signed for ATM ahead of the 2015 season but his performances were no longer at a high level. He joined Perlis in 2016 but was released mid-way through the season and has not found a club since.

CHRISTIAN BEKAMENGA

The lanky striker was only 19 when he arrived at Negeri Sembilan in 2004 and later went on to establish a career in France.

With Bekamenga up top, Negeri won the 2005 Malaysia Premier League to earn top-flight promotion and they followed that up by winning the MSL the following year. Bekamenga scored eight league goals that season.

Bekamenga in action for French side Nantes. Photo: UEFA

The speedy Cameroonian joined Persib Bandung in 2007 and was an instant hit, scoring 17 times in 19 appearances, but left for French Ligue 1 club Nantes the following year.

The former Liberian international had previously featured for French side Monaco and English second-tier side Reading

Bekamenga, who won his first and only international cap for Cameroon in 2016, played for several Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 sides before joining Turkish club Balikesirspor in 2016. He is now with Chinese Super League's Liaoning Hongyun.

MASS SARR JR

Mass Sarr Jr was already 29 when he arrived in Malaysia for the 2002 season, but did his part in contributing to Selangor’s success that year, as they won the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup, Malaysia Cup and finished MSL runners-up.

The former Liberian international, who had previously featured for French side Monaco and English second-tier side Reading, played well for the Red Giants.

He left Selangor after the 2003 season, calling it quits on his career at 30 and later moving to Philadelphia.