By Mboh Promise
Former Indomitable Lion’s Centre Defender, Nicolas Nkoulou has been permitted to leave Watford football club.
The defender was asked to leave following the relegation of the club from the Premier League to the English second-tier, EFL championship in May 2022.
In the just-ended 2021/2022 season, Watford finished in the 19th position having gained just 23 points from 38 league outings.
Nicolas Nkoulou featured in just three league appearances and he is now expected to look elsewhere to continue his professional career alongside Andre Gray, Juraj Kucka, and goalkeeper Ben Foster, according to Goal.com
“Following the conclusion of the 2021/22 Premier League season, Watford FC can confirm that five first-team players have left the club,” a statement from the club website read.
“Defender Nicolas Nkoulou – who made three league appearances after signing in October 2021 – and forward Andre Gray – who spent the last campaign on loan at Queens Park Rangers – have also departed upon the expiration of their deals.
“We thank the departing players for their contributions and wish them the best of luck for the next steps in their careers.” The news organ added.
Coach Paul Le Guen picked Nkoulou to the national team of Cameroon in his squad for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and then the 2010 Fifa World Cup hosted by South Africa.
Following the suspension of Samuel Eto’o and Eyong Enoh from the Indomitable Lions squad for five and two matches respectively by the Cameroon Football Federation for boycotting a friendly match against Algeria, the defender was appointed as captain of Cameroon temporarily and captained his first national match, in a 1–0 win over Guinea-Bissau.
Nkoulou announced his retirement from the national team after helping the country win the 2017 Afcon.