By Brian Mboh
Some former African football legends have converged in a gala match to celebrate one of Africa’s emblematic goal poacher Albert Roger Milla, as part of the activities marking his 70th anniversary at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium on Saturday.
Present at the football event were former African football stars to the likes of El hadj Diouf, Tresor Lua Lua, Kalilou Fadiga and Emmanuel Eboue. The official kick-off ceremony was presided by Minister Narcise Mouelle Kombi of Sports and Physical Education.
The World Legends opened scores through a brilliant shot from Achilles Emana. Stephane Mbia doubled and Emmanuel Eboue scored the third goal. Geremi Sorelle Njitap failed to score for the Old Lions in a penalty kick, that was promptly safe through a spectacular dive from veteran keeper Alioum Boukar . Nicolas Anoudji in a puller suceeded in reducing score to 3-1. Indomitable lionesses forward Nchout Njoya Ajara raised scores to four for the World legends.
Former Portsmouth’s forward and Congolese- born Tresor Lua Lua scored the fifth goal for the World Legends after beating Vincent Onganzi in a face-to-face. But Jean II Makoun raised scores to 5-2.The encounter ended on a 6 – 3 score, with the roving ambassador scoring the third goal in a stylish manner on the acclamation of the 5000 spectators, that turn out to witnessed the exciting encounter.
To grace the ceremony was an artistic performance, from one of Cameroon’s finest voice Queen Eteme, the Barakuda dance crew and an animation from the National Amputed Football team.
Milla born on 20th May 1952,Milla started his career at the famous academy of Dynamo Beervelde. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage.
Milla achieved international stardom at 38 in the 1990 World Cup . He became the oldest player to score four goals at the World Cup. In 2017 he was named African player of the previous 50 years by the African Football Confederation.
At the end of the event, Milla was awarded a 70th anniversary trophy by his son Germain Milla, a conscript of the Michel Salgado football Academy.
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