Bassey William Andem

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William Andem
Personal information
Full name Bassey William Andem
Date of birth (1968-06-14) 14 June 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Union Douala
1992 Olympic Mvolyé (loan)
1994–1996 Cruzeiro 9 (0)
1997–1998 Bahia 19 (0)
1998–2007 Boavista 152 (0)
2007–2008 Feirense 3 (0)
National team
1990–1998 Cameroon 52 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bassey William Andem (born 14 June 1968) is a Cameroonian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

In spite of a very large frame he was known for his above-average reflexes, and spent most of his career professional career in Portuguese-speaking countries, mainly at the service of Boavista.

Club career[edit]

Andem was born in Douala. After starting his professional career with hometown's Union Douala (which included a loan spell at Olympic Mvolyé[1]) he moved to Brazil, where he represented Cruzeiro Esporte Clube and Esporte Clube Bahia.

In January 1998 Andem joined Portuguese first division side Boavista FC where, during the following five seasons, he would have engage in an interesting battle for first-choice status with future Sporting Clube de Portugal and Portuguese international Ricardo. However, during the Chequereds' 2001 national championship conquest – the club's only – he played just six matches.

After Ricardo left for the capital team, Andem was restored as starter, losing the position midway through the 2004–05 campaign to new signing Carlos. He again would gain starter status after the Angolan was sold to FC Steaua Bucureşti, amassing a further 43 league games in two seasons.

Andem played his last season as a professional in 2007–08, with second division side C.D. Feirense, where he would play second-fiddle. He retired at the age of 40.

International career[edit]

Barred mainly by Jacques Songo'o (notably of Deportivo de La Coruña, four years his senior), Andem featured sparingly at international level. He was selected as backup for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

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