Red Bulls midfielder and Cameroon native Matthew Mbuta has taken a long journey to get to his goal of being a professional soccer player. From coming from a small town in Cameroon and fighting and working hard in difficult conditions, to traveling to the country of Brunei in his big break, Mbuta has endured many highs and lows, despite being only 24-years-old. In this clip, he speaks to RBR about his thoughts on Red Bull Academy: Ghana and tells his story to a classroom of academy players.

Due to editing, we cut out parts of the 10-minute speech. Mbuta spoke to the players about his entire career, getting scouted in Cameroon, moving to play in the Malaysian Premier League and trialing in Europe and the United States. He also emphasized the fact that nothing was given to him, that he earned his role on each of his teams because he wanted it more than everyone else. Mbuta plans to return to Cameroon for the first time in two years on Monday. What did you think of Mbuta’s message?

We’ll have more material from Ghana later on this weekend, including some exclusive interviews with the players (the player we spoke to in this video was 10-year-old Augustine Awiah from Saboro-Navrongo, Ghana in the upper-east region) and other observations.



  1. Alle Says:

    I’m sure those kids will build on his message and go forward, good stuff Matt!

  2. eltigreferoz Says:

    Good stuff. Sweet guy, Mbuta.

  3. VID: Mbuta Brings Message Of Hope To Kids In Ghana - - The Offside - New York Red Bulls Soccer Blog Says:

    […] Here is another reason Red Bull needs to bring back Mbuta. The soft spoken Cameroonian midfielder took time to visit Red Bulls Ghana Academy to speak to the youngsters there. Hopefully, his message of hard work and perseverance helps these children on their future life paths. (RBR has more on the video a this link) […]

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