André Bikey is a professional Cameroonian footballer who was born on 8 January, 1985 in Douala, Cameroon. He plays primarily as a defender but can also play as a midfielder for his team.
Bikey moved to Spain at his early age to train with Espanyol where he got the opportunity to play with Marco in 2002-03 season. He made his international debut for them and that was also his debut professional football and it resulted in a 6-1 win over Ovarense.
Before joining the Russian club Shinnik Yaroslavl in 2005, he played with Paços de Ferreira, Aves and União de Leiria. He represented various club teams of many countries before representing his native team Cameroon.
Bikey made his international during 2006 Cup of Nations in Egypt in a winning match over Togo where he came as substitute for Raymond Kalla as he was named by head coach Artur Jorge.
But later after the tournament, he was dropped from the side after the emergence of new coach Arie Haan before making comeback in 2008.
Rise to glory
Bikey was a regular member of the Cameroonian team during the Africa Cup of Nations in the years 2006, 2008 and 2010 where Cameroon where the runner-ups in 2008.
His first international goal for Ghana came against Mauritius in a World Cup qualification match in Curepipe on 8 June, 2008. His performances also earned him a spot in the Cameroon’s squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Bikey's career has been always controversial. For instance, during the 2002-03 Segunda Liga, Bikey was sent off for two bookable offences on the penultimate match of the campaign in a 4–0 defeat by Farense at the Estádio de São Luís on 25 May.
In 2006, besides getting popularity among supporters, he was also targeted for racial abuse to the extent that he felt it necessary to carry a gun whilst out.
During the semi final match against Ghana in 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Bikey was sent off after a bizarre incident where he pushed a Ghanaian stretcher-bearer in the dying seconds of the match which he later termed to be forceful. After this, Bikey was banned to play the finals.
André Bikey began his career with a Portuguese team Marco in a winning match (6-0) over Ovarense. After spending some time with another club Paços de Ferreira, he decided to move to Russia.
In Russia, he joined Premier League club Shinnik Yaroslavl where he scored one goal in 11 appearances that he made. His performances attracted the attention of Lokomotiv Moscow head coach and was signed by them and they finished third that year.
After moving to England, he joined Reading FC and his first goal for them in a losing match against Chelsea. He scored two more goals for them before his controversies continued and his was banned for five matches after he ripped off his jersey which was termed as inappropriate conduct.
In October 2015, Bikey signed for Indian Super League team NorthEast United and appeared in nine games for them. Next year, he was signed by FC Pune City but was unable to play for them due to an injury. He again moved to England to play for Port Vale before coming back to India to join newly formed Jamshedpur FC.