By Brian Mboh
Former Cameroonian international midfielder Gregoire M’bida nicknamed Arantes born on the January 27, 1955 in Yaounde is considered to be the first Sub- Saharan player for having scored in a World Cup game.
The former Canon Sportif midfielder made his first realization for Cameroon in the 1982 Spanish World, in a third game pitting the lions against Italy that ended on a one-one draw. The 66-year old, had scored for Cameroon at the 66 minutes of play followed by Italy’s Francesco Graziani’s goal bearly a minute afterwards to bring both sides on a parity score.
M’bida is noted for being Cameroon’s lone goal scorer in the 1982 AFCON staged in Lybia, that saw the lions play a one-one draw against Tunisia.
Winner of the 1984 African Nations Cup in Ivory Coast, the prolific player holds a good number of titles with Canon Sportif of Yaounde such as ;
Winners of the African Club competition in 1980 and 1978.
Cameroon cup champions in 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1982.
The iconic Centre region left-foot striker holds quite an impressive performance on the international football scenery with the following outfits.
1975-1982 : Canon Yaoundé
1982-1984 : SC Bastia
1984-1985 : Angers SCO
1985-1986 : US Dunkerque
1986-1987 : CS Thonon-les-Bains
1987-1989 : CS Sedan-Ardennes
2013 : Amicale laïque dacquoise
2014-2016 : Espérance Oeyreluy.
After such a brilliant service rendered to the state, the former Canon player today decries the poor treatment attributed to some former players in Cameroon and laments over their exclusion in the organization of some upcoming sports events.
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