Former Cameroonian International footballer and Bundesliga professional, Mohamadou Idrissou is in custody pending deportation in Austria because he was unable to obtain a residence permit.
News of the arrest and detention of the onetime FIFA World Cup participant with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon was confirmed on Saturday by the chairman of the Austrian fourth division club DSV Leoben, where the 39-year-old Cameroonian was hired in the summer.
Idrissou should have played for the amateur club and also had a job, said club boss Edi Lieber of dpa. Local media houses reported that Idrissou already had a job offer with the club and a work permit. However, he did not receive a residence visa following issues he had in the past in Germany, said Lieber, without giving any details.
“I’m sorry for him, he has been in Europe for so long,” said Lieber. “We had such a joy – he is someone who can take us further, and then it ends like this”.
Idrissou played 139 Bundesliga games (27 goals) for Hanover, Duisburg, Freiburg and Mönchengladbach. He was also used in 164 games (68 goals) in the 2nd division. At the 2010 World Cup Idrissou played for Cameroon.