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Thomas Nkono (born July 20, 1955 in Dizanguemarker) is a retired football goalkeeper from Cameroonmarker. A legend for the Cameroon national football team, and arguably the greatest goalkeeper Africa has produced.


On club level he played for Adanaspor, RCD Espanyol, CE Sabadell FC and CE L'Hospitalet in Spain, and Club Bolívar in Bolivia.

International career

He played three matches at the 1982 World Cup and five at the 1990 World Cup. In addition he was a bench cover for Joseph-Antoine Bell at the 1994 World Cup.

Coaching career

He worked as a goalkeeping coach at Espanyol, was caretaker manager of the Cameroon national football team. In 2009, Cameroon's manager Paul Le Guen named him as goalkeeping coach of the national team.


Italian world champion Gianluigi Buffon declared he named his son Thomas in honour of the African goalkeeper.


He was arrested by riot police for allegedly using "black magic" prior to the African Cup of Nations semi-final with Mali. He was dragged onto the running track after stepping onto the pitch at the March 26 Stadium with Cameroon coach Winfried Schäfer. There was speculation that an object found in his pocket was a black-magic charm aimed at helping Cameroon's cause.


He received the France Football African Footballer of the Year award in 1979 and 1982.


  1. Career stats at National Football Teams

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