By Rene Katche
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
In the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, Michel Kaham was one of the six professionals that Cameroon went with for that tournament (the others were Tokoto Jean Pierre of Jacksonville Tea Men in the US, Albert Roger Milla of SC Bastia in France, Ibrahim Audou and Paul Bahoken both of AS Cannes in France and Joseph Bell Antoine of Asec Mimosa in Cote d’Ivoire). Cameroon also went with players who drafted from the lower divisions notably Elie Onana who came from Federal of Noun( West Regional championship).
Cameroon played as a block. It was all for one one for all. That was the philosophy of Cameroon’s French coach Jean Vincent.(Take note that Jean Vincent died on Tuesday 13, 2013).
At that time, young Michel Kaham was playing for Stade Quimperois in France. Kaham was an astute student of the game and arguably the most technically gifted midfield. The other technical leaders of the Cameroon squad includes Jean Pierre Tokoto and Theophille Abega.
But it will surely beat imagination that Michel Kaham was given a special assignment by coach Jean Vincent whenever Cameroon were in difficulties. He was the only player who had the latitude to keep the ball or dribble for long to neutralize tension. The others did not have to keep the ball for long before making passes. This is because Kaham was such a genius.
It was thanks to such an imperious performance in Spain where Cameroon did not lose any of their three matches, that Kaham moved from France to the US. Take note that even Jean Pierre Tokoto was marvelled by Kaham’s impeccable brilliance or football literacy. He had no other choice than taking Kaham to the US with him.
The rest is history.
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