The career of former Manning Rangers defender Francois Mpessa has taken a new twist.

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Posted: 22 April 2008 Time: 14:32

The up and down career of Cameroon defender Francois Mpessa has taken a new twist after the former Manning Rangers player was released by Brunei side DPMM FC.

In a latest bid to avoid relegation from the Malaysian top flight, the club dropped the defender in order to rope in a striker, ironically also a Cameroonian.

Mpessa had joined the club shortly into the current campaign to strengthen a weak backline, but now in the final stretch the club needed a striker to help them win and climb away from the bottom.

Mpessa had joined DPMM FC after leaving Indonesian club PSMS shortly before they finished runners-up in their championship.

The one-time Cameroon international’s sojourn through Asia has seen him close to championship glory as well as relegation, something he experienced with the Mighty Maulers in his solitary season in the Premier Soccer League a few years ago.

Had Mpessa stayed on with PSMS he would at least have collected an Indonesian championship runners-up medal, which Liberians Murphy Nagbe and James Lomell received.

Defender Nagbe once turned out for Durban Stars and midfielder Lomell was on the books of another First Division club, FC AK, the previous season before venturing into Asia.

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