Joseph Yegba Maya

Joseph Yegba Maya ( born April 8, 1944 in Otélé ) is a former Cameroonian footballer, who played most of his career in the French professional football and there under Joseph ( as a surname ) is known.

Club career

The massive, 1.80 m wide center forward came in 1962 by Dragon Club Yaoundé to Olympique Marseille. In his first season there rarely used, he went with the club in 1963 promptly to the Division 2 from where he regularly its strengths, however, could prove in the next three years. He was assertive and possessed, although he occasionally seemed a bit awkward, a pronounced " Killer Instinct ". Yet - and although he was not the first black African in Olympiques Dress - he was then occasionally target audience racist remarks. After a disastrous season 1964/65, would have disappeared at the end of Marseille as third from bottom of the table almost in the amateur camp, followed by something like the U-turn - 1966 the team was relegated to second place in the top flight. Joseph Yegba Maya, top scorer of his team, estimated the share, the Mario Zatelli, first from 1964 to 1966 his coach had in this development and personal enhancement, high.

In Division 1, OM claimed in the next four years to 1970, in which the Cameroonian played still there, always in the top half of the table. Although the team has been staffed continuously reinforced ( among other things came Djorkaeff, Artelesa, Bonnel, Skoblar, Novi, Magnusson and Loubet ), Yegba Mayans share of this rise was substantial; in all four seasons, he stood, with ascending trend, among the ten most successful goalscorers in the league, was 1966/67, in ninth (15 goals), 1967/68 and 1968/69 each third (18 or 21) and 1969/70 Second ( 24). In total he scored 104 goals in 202 league matches (first and second division), by which he is still (2008) the fifth- leading scorer of the club ( behind Andersson, Skoblar, Papin and Aznar ). At a championship was not enough though, but in 1970 when he left Marseilles, his team was at least become runner-up. But he had a year earlier won the cup competition and even then proved its importance: in the final against Bordeaux (2-0) secured his goal just before the final whistle, the success permanently. Only in the few European Cup appearances, the Marseille graduated in those years, his Torquotient remained below average: the only goal in six missions on this level, he managed in the Fairs Cup in 1968/69, and he did not stop Olympiques elimination by Göztepe Izmir.

For the season 1970/71 changed Yegba Maya for northern French league rivals U.S. Valenciennes. He personally had no transition problems, managed rather for the fifth time in a row among the top 10 of the striker ( rank 4 with 22 hits ); the team rose as table 19th However, from just a year later - return as second division champions - among other things thanks to his 28 goals. 1973 Valenciennes had again left the first division. Then it took Racing Strasbourg under contract. After two years, he finished with the Alsatians respectively on the upper midfield places, the strikers in the top division and northern France in 1975 finally came back and was a season when Zweitdivisionär AS Béziers active. Furthermore, how and where Joseph Yegba Maya has lived since 1976, are so far no information.


  • Dragon Club Yaoundé ( to 1962 )
  • Olympique de Marseille (1962-1970, 1963-1966 in which D2)
  • Union Sportive Valenciennes - Anzin (1970-1973, of which 1971/72 in D2)
  • Racing Club de Strasbourg (1973-1975)
  • Association Sportive Biterroise (1975 /76 in D2)

In the National Team

Joseph Yegba Maya has so far not exactly to be determined number of appearances for Cameroon disputed that, however, also took part in qualification to the world championships and Africa only since 1970. In the African Cup of 1972 in his home country in the first round he scored a goal in the 2-0 win against Togo in the match for 3rd place ( 5-2 against Zaire), however, was not used by coach Peter Schnittger. Similar patchy fall out the information about his participation in the World Cup qualification this year: whether he 1970 ( 2:3 and 1:1 against Nigeria) or the failure to Zaire in the 2nd Africa - round in 1974 was involved in the first round from Cameroon, is not clear from the sources used.


  • French Champion: None (but runner-up 1970)
  • French Cup Winners: 1969
  • Unknown number of A- international matches for Cameroon; 3rd place at the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations
  • 238 games and 124 goals in Division 1, which 133 /79 Marseille, 74/33 for Valenciennes, 31/12 for Strasbourg; Moreover, a total of 106/60 in D2
  • 6 European games (1 goal )