By Angu Lesley -Cameroon
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.
Cameroon play Egypt for a place in the final of the tournament that they are hosting after 50 years.
According to our findings, Michel Kaham and the rest of his eleven colleagues still leaving will be in the VIP stands on Thursday when the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon take on the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Fifty years after their semi-final defeat to Mali and the third-place finish, the 1972 generation will have the honour to watch the Vincent Aboubakar generation try to break the jinx.
The move from Eto’o comes at a time when 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.
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 known for his humanitarian efforts during his days as a player has done even better since taking office as FECAFOOT president last December.
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 and Evou Gustave passed away.
The others are Bassanguen Dieudonné and former skipper Owona Norbert who Eto’o supported enormously in his last days on earth.
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