The President of Cameroon, His Excellency Paul Biya has finally approved that twenty-two low cost apartments be handed over to the memorable squad of the Indomitable Lions at the 1990 Italia World Cup.
Though some thirty years later, President Paul Biya has fulfilled his promises of improving the living standard of these players, rated in the world of sports as legends.
Unfortunately, three of the twenty-two players never lived to witness this long time promise of the Head of State. The emblematic and daring captain of the 1990 most celebrated squad of the Indomitable Lions, Stephen Tataw died one week before the big announcement, two others are Benjamine Massing and Midfielder, Louis-Paul M’Fede.
The promise made by President to be executed by the then Minister of Sports was never fulfilled until thirty years later when the new Sports boss took it has a commitment to ensure that the 1990 squad was never forgotten by Cameroon.
1990 Squad of the Indomitable Lions: A Lasting Legacy
The 1990 squad of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the World Cup in Italy under Valeri Nepomniachi is unforgettably one that defeated Diego Maradona’s Argentina 1-0, a world reigning champion and set a high point for African football on the global stage.
The Indomitable Lions’ squad is vividly remembered as one that silenced the Albicelestes of Argentina at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and ended up as the quarterfinalist.
One of Africa’s living football legend and two time CAF player of the year, 67-year old Roger Milla describes the 1990 team as “amazing”.
The Indomitable Lions produced one of the biggest upsets ever in FIFA World Cup history and bred stars and icons in football.
To date, no side has eclipsed the Central Africans’ performance in Italy, where they reached the quarterfinals and stood within seven minutes of the final four.
Cameroon lodged alongside defending champions Argentina, Romania and the Soviet Union kicked off the group games with a historic and an unexpected 1-0 victory over Diego Maradona’s Argentina.
Milla and Omam-Biyik were responsible for the defining moments of that run.
Francois Omam-Biyik’s 67th minute header into Nery Pumpido’s cage of Argentina has gone down history as one of the 100 iconic goals in football.
That 1-0 triumph remains one of the greatest giant-killings in the tournament’s history, and rivals Senegal’s 1-0 victory over France in Seoul, 12 years later as the World Cup’s most unforgettable tournament opener.
Cameroon’s record at the 1990 Italia is still fresh in the football books after the team sailed through to the knockout stage by beating
Argentina 0-1 Cameroon
Cameroon 2-1 Romania
Soviet Union 4-0 Cameroon