He was the most valuable player yesterday, the Cameroon game maker who's Ndtoungou Mpile's in-form play maker. He won the award for the 2nd time in a row, after showing much class and pace in the team's last warm up game in Jinja last week against Uganda.
The soft spoken Cotonsport forward's aptitude was given a world wide scale when he starred for the U20 team at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia in 2011.
His skill and offensive spirit earned him a stint in the MLS championship, but he came back home after a row between his manager and club officials over contract terms.
Atouba landed a Cotonsport Garoua place, with the pious hope of moving again, this time on a brighter side of an international career.
His award of yesterday not withstanding, he showed character and humility when cornered for his impression about the award. "It is a fruit of hard work" he said, but gave credits to "my mates who made it possible for us to win the match and my trophy."