By Angu Lesley
The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o Fils has invited the survivors of the Indomitable Lions squad of the 1972 AFCON tournament for Thursday’s classic semi-final fixture, kick442.com can report.
According to our findings Michel Kaham and the rest of his eleven colleagues still living will be in the VIP stands on Thursday when the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon take on the Pharaohs of Egypt.
50 years after their semi-final defeat to Congo Republic and the third-place finish, the 1972 generation will have the honor to watch the Aboubakar generation achieve a greater feat.
The move from Eto’o comes at a time many had been clamouring to have the only other generation that played the AFCON involved in the competition as a show of appreciation for their efforts the only other time Cameroon was host of the competition.
Ten of the 22 players of the 1972 competition under the guidance of coach Peter Schnittger are deceased while twelve of them are alive.
Eto’o noted for his humanitarian efforts during his days as a player has done even better since taking office as FECAFOOT president last December.
Cameroon in their quest to win a sixth AFCON title face Septuple winners Egypt at the Paul Biya Stadium in Olembe on February 3 from
Jean Paul Akono, Paul Nlend, Bernard MBengalack, Michel Kaham, Emmanuel Mvé, Joseph Yebga Maya, Moutassie Jean Jean Pierre Tokoto, Appollin Simo, Bekombo François, Léa Eyoum Charles and Jean Manga Onguene are expected in the stands.
Unfortunately the likes of Eteme Emmanuel,Paul Gaston Ndongo, Phillippe Mouthé, Essombé Moise, Egoué Zacharie, Jean Baptiste Ndoga, Jean Marie Tsebo, Evou Gustave, Bassanguen Dieudonné and former skipper Owona Norbert who Eto’o supported enormously in his last days on earth will not make the occasion as they are deceased.
On the pitch, Cameroon counts two wins over Egypt in all competitions in the 21st century, five wins for Egypt and two draws.
Thursday will reignite the rivalry, the sense of revenge and the battle for supremacy between these two great footballing Nations.
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