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Alexis Mendomo | The Bandana-wearing defensive midfielder
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Date of Birth: November 25, 1986
Height: 1.82 m (5 ft 11 in)
Alexis Mendomo, a bandana-wearing defensive midfielder, began his career in his native Cameroon at Astres FC – which was only founded in 2002. Just after being promoted to the first team at only 18, Alexis quickly established himself as a key member of the Astres squad. Alexis left the team at the end of the season 2004-2005 and was bought by Libyan giants Ittihad Tripoli.
2005-now: A red and white journey
In Libya, Alexis earned himself a regular spot in Ittihad’s starting XI shortly after his arrival. He formed a skilled and powerful duo with Abdulnaser Slil in the midfield. Alexis shined during his stay with the Tripoli giants thanks to his passing skills and immense physical strength. He also showed his versatility in the Libyan league by playing as a center-back on occasion. With Tehaa (Ittihad’s nickname), the Cameroonian won two Libyan league titles and the Libyan Super Cup. Mendomo was a key member in Ittihad Tripoli’s squad in their historical campaign in the 2007 CAF Champions League, where Ittihad reached to the semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history. His great abilities caught the sight of Club Africain scouts, who eventually signed the Cameroonian.
At Club Africain, Alexis didn’t take long to become a key member of the team. In 2008, under the helm of Abdelhag Benshekha, Mendomo helped Club Africain win their first Tunisian League title since the 95/96 season. His biggest continental achievement with Al Ifriki was in 2011, when he helped the club reach their first African Champions League final since 1999. Unfortunately for Mendomo, Club Africain lost the final against MAS Fés in penalties, despite Alexis scoring his kick from the spot.
After five years with the Tunisians giants, this Alex Song-like defensive midfielder joined Zamalek in the winter transfer window after being strongly linked with Cairo giants during the beginning of 2011/2012 season. It was Hassan Shehata who insisted on signing the combative midfielder and The White Castle ended up spending around $500,000 to sign the Cameroonian. Just like with his former clubs, Alexis has become a key member in Zamalek’s squad; a regular in the midfield. Together with Ibrahim Salah and Nour El-Sayed, Zamalek boast quite a powerful midfield.
Till now, Alexis has only played with Cameroon U23s. He was part of their 2008 men’s Olympic football team along with likes of Alex Song and Nicolas N’Koulou. He only played the two first games of the Group Stage against South Korea and Honduras.