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World Cup Showing: Quarter-final—Played 5, Won 3, Drawn 0, Lost 2
Star Man: Roger Milla may have made history (and become a medical mystery) by finding the net at the 1994 World Cup at the age of 42, but he also made some vital contributions four years previously.
He scored two extra-time goals against Colombia in the Round of 16 to secure Cameroon’s place in history as Africa’s first-ever representatives in the quarter-final.
Coach: Having given up on his mediocre playing career in his mid-twenties, Valeri Nepomniachi had a long time to prepare for his coaching career. Although major success in his homeland has, thus far, avoided him, the veteran boss has built a reputation for himself in Turkey and China.
His finest hour, however, remains that summer in Italy with Cameroon.
Defining Moment: Cameroon opened the 1990 World Cup with a battle against the holders Argentina. In one of the tournament’s greatest-ever shocks, the Indomitable Lions held their own through a bad-tempered match in which two of their number were sent off. The clash was settled 67 minutes from the end when Francois Omam-Biyik leapt above the defence to head home—the Albiceleste, stunningly, could find no reply.
The Indomitable Lions were thus introduced to an international audience, and the stage was set for a fine campaign.