Milla’s life after football

Milla (L) encourages youngsters before handing over a cheque to one of the man-of-match winners during Football Cup of Cameroon last year. PHOTO BY NDI EUGENE NDI

Cameroonian Albert Roger Milla remains one of the greatest footballers Africa has ever produced. He almost, single-handedly, earned Africa extra slots in the World Cup with his exploits and jigs at the 1990 tournament in Italy.
Then 38 years old, Milla illuminated the 1990 World Cup tournament - scoring four times and celebrating each time with a dance around the corner flag post - which has become a popular goal celebration ever since.
Milla, who played all Cameroon’s games at the tournament as a ‘super-sub’, helped the Indomitable Lions - as the national football team is known - to make history by becoming the first African nation to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Cameroon’s successful run, along with Egypt’s respectable showing at Italia’90 adventure, made the world soccer governing body, Fifa increase Africa’s quota of spots from two to three for USA ‘94.


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