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 51)
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
1992Olympic 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

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 Primeira Liga side Boavista FC where, during the following five seasons, he would have engage in an interesting battle for first-choice status with future Sporting CP player and Portuguese international Ricardo. However, during the Chequereds' 2001 national championship conquest – their 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 would regain his previous status after the Angolan was sold to FC Steaua Bucureşti, amassing a further 43 league appearances in two seasons.

Andem played his last season as a professional in 2007–08, with second division club 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, Andem featured irregularly for Cameroon during eight years. He was selected as backup for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.


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