Wrexham FC stopper wants an FA Cup run


Richard Williams

THE importance of the FA Cup is not lost on goalkeeper Joslain Mayebi who wants Wrexham to maintain their interest in the competition as long as possible.

Mayebi returned from international duty for the fourth qualifying round tie against Southport on October 20 and kept an eighth clean sheet of the campaign as Wrexham progressed thanks to a 2-0 victory.

The reward is a first round tie against Alfreton Town at The Racecourse on Saturday but Mayebi is not dreaming of landing a plum tie against Premier League opposition just yet.

“We just want to continue to win games. It doesn’t matter who it is against,” said Mayebi, who helped Wrexham reach the third round of last season’s competition where they suffered a third round penalty shoot-out defeat against Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion.

“We just want to win, win, win. It is the same in the league and cup.

“Everyone knows the FA Cup. It is a massive competition so we just have to get through. We have to win and then see what happens.

“I prefer not to play the bigger teams. We want to try and go through again and go as far as we can.”

Mayebi, who missed two matches while away with the Cameroon national team, earned an immediate recall against Southport and he added: “I was really glad to come back and see the boys because I enjoy my football at Wrexham.

“The clean sheets are a bonus. The most important thing was we won because the FA Cup is good for the club. It helps bring some money in so we all know our job and what we have to do.”

Mayebi and his Wrexham team-mates were not in action last weekend as the clash at Braintree Town was postponed because of waterlogged pitch.

“I am always prepared to play but you can’t do anything about the weather,” conceded Mayebi.

Some impressive performances for Wrexham over the last 12 months meant Mayebi was named in the Cameroon squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Cape Verde as they attempted to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit.

Mayebi, one of three goalkeepers in the squad, did not even make the substittues bench and although Cameroon won the second leg 2-1, they were beaten 3-2 on aggregate and failed to reach next year’s tournament.

Although disappointed not to be involved in the matchday squad, Mayebi hopes a first cap will come if he keeps performing well for Wrexham.

“It was a good experience and I enjoyed everything – the training and being with the players,” said Mayebi. “I was a bit disappointed because I was not involved but that is football.

“To get called up for the Cameroon national team, it is like ‘I am going to play or I’ll be involved’ but it is a big team and a big country.

“As soon as you get called up it is a great chance for you so I am just going to continue to work hard as I am doing at the moment.

“I am not thinking about this (Cameroon) because the most important thing for me is to continue to play games, keep clean sheets and do well for Wrexham, then the chance to play for the national team will come.”

Cameroon head coach Jean Paul Akono is due to watch Mayebi in action for Wrexham in the coming months and the 26-year-old remains hopeful he will be part of the national team’s resurgence after failing to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

“We’ve kept talking and the coach said not to be disappointed,” said Mayebi. “He said to keep going and he was pleased with me.

“That is the most important thing, the manager thinks that of me. He is meant to come and watch me in December or January so we will wait and see.

“It is disappointing we did not qualify. That is twice in a row now, but this generation of players will need a bit of time to develop. It was a bit hard for us but now it has gone we will continue to learn.”

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