- Former Cameroon striker and Paris Saint Germain star Patrick Mboma has converted to the religion of Islam
- The two-time African Cup of Nations winner with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon converted on Friday in his native, Douala
- The Cameroon football legend is widely respected in Africa for his exploits during his playing days and after his career
Cameroon legend Patrick Mboma has converted to Islam after taking his 'Shahada' in a mosque in his Douala after Friday prayers.
The two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner switched religions after several months of studying one of the most popular faiths in the world.
Mboma in photos posted on social media, sighted by Sports Brief is seen taking the Shahada, which is a proclamation of confirming his conversion.
The former Paris Saint Germain striker is respected for his football influence during and after his career, and his decision was received with excitement by Muslims in Cameroon. He is now known by the Islamic name Abdul Jalil.
Mboma helped Cameroon to the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations success and played in two FIFA World Cups, in 1998 and 2002.
He was part of the historic Olympics gold winning team of Cameroon in 2000, and was also named African footballer of the year.
Cameroon legend Patrick Mboma reveals how Matip turned down Rigobert Song's call-up
New Cameroon coach Rigobert Song tried to convince the German-born to join his squad for the games against Algeria, but Matip rejected the request.
According to Mboma, it is unclear if Matip will change his mind in future but for now he does not want to play for Cameroon.
Cameroon coach Rigobert Song invites Kotoko striker Frank Mbella for AFCON qualifiers
The 20-year-old striker, who is the leading scorer in the Ghana Premier League, was named in the team for the games against Kenya and Burundi next month.
The Cameroon Football Federation released the squad today for the games on June 4th and June 8th on Friday, with Mbella expected to join the team on May 30.