By Bakah Derick
The Paramount Fon of Nso has named Cameroon National Team right back Fai Collins as a Nformi of the Nso land. HRH Sehm Mbinglo II awarded the footballer the prestigous title on Monday 7 February 2022 in Yaounde after his brilliant performance at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cameroon 2021.
The Indomitable Lion received his honour as he went to pay homage to the Fon generally considered father to all Nso sons and daughters.
The Nformi title which means warrior is awarded to someone for an outstanding accomplishment often with details of such accompanying the title. In the case of Fai he has been named "Nformi bor" to mean a football warrior.
The title comes along with a red feather most often on a black cap as a symbol of authority for his new title.
He is expected to wear the cap at all times especially in the midst of Nso sons and daughters.
The 29 years old played a great role in helping Cameroon finish third during the competition on home soil with several assist and outstading defending winning the hearts of many including his Fon.
The defender receives his distinction as be begins a new career in Saudi Arabian top tier club Al-Tai from Standard Liege in Belgium.
"A new Mformi has been made - Mformi Bor! Football commander. I saw it coming. Congrats Mforkwang!" Rev Fr Dufe Joseph wrote about the naming of Fai
Born in Bamenda in 1992, Nformi Fai Collins began his career at Bamenda FC before moving to Douala where he played for Union till 2013 before joining Njalla Quan Sports Academy on loan.
He then moved from the Sea side resort town Limbe club with the supoort of renowned player agent Ivo Chi to Dinamo București where he played till 2016. For about six years, he played for standard Liège of Belgium before moving to Saudi Arabia this 2022.
For country, Fai Collins has played for the Cameroon U-21 and U-23 before beginning with the senior team in 2012. He was part of the team that won Cameroon's fifth AFCON title in Gabon in 2017.