Nelson John, recruited from Cameroon by Timbers Academy, loves kids and loves soccer.

In late 2016, our friends from the Portland Timbers Academy contacted Four Worlds to see if we knew anyone who could take in two kids from Cameroon for a six-month home stay. One of our own local success stories, Momo Hassan, plays for the Academy and the coaches thought we might have the answer for their two new recruits from across the globe.

That’s when Four Worlds board member Molly Starr stepped up, opening her home to Nelson John and Cedric Tatchou, two of five young players recruited by MLS from Cameroon’s Kadji Sports Academy for extended tryouts with academy teams here.


Nelson played on Cameroon’s national U-17 team.


The boys are still adjusting to our weather!

Nelson and Cedric have been playing since January with Timbers Academy, hoping to be signed by T2, the Timbers development team, or recruited by a U.S. University. Nelson’s brother, Engola, chose the LA Galaxy Academy team, and has already earned a contract with Galaxy 2.

Just as importantly, Nelson and Cedric are bonding with Molly’s boys, Wyatt, Jett and Skeet, and exploring a new world here on the West Coast of the United States. Recently, Molly took all the guys to Disneyland, which was everyone’s highlight so far. The Cameroonian players will be here through June, and we wish them the best of luck in making their football dreams come true.


Four World’s board member Molly Starr took all the boys to Disneyland for an unforgettable experience.

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