Former Cameroon Captain Rigobert Song has revealed proudest moment of his long football career.
Song, currently serving as the Cameroon Under-23 national team coach, played for the senior team from 1993 to 2010.
He is regarded as one of the finest players to have played for the Indomitable Lions – He played at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations Tournaments in his career.
However, in an interview with FIFA, Song says that his proudest moment is featuring in four World Cups – 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.
“I am beyond proud of the fact that I took part in four World Cups,” Song said.
“I know many reputable players who would give everything to play just in one. For me, the World Cup is the biggest competition in football. I’m proud to have represented my country at these four World Cups.
“It’s thanks to the World Cup that I was able to play professionally in Europe and ultimately have the career for which I am known.”
Four years before his first World Cup, Song said that he watched the Italia ’90 World Cup on a black-and-white TV.
He explained: “There were many of us huddled around this small screen, anxious not to miss a moment of this big occasion. We were even more captivated whenever Indomitable Lions were playing. Each victory sparked jubilant scenes everywhere.”
He added that his real impression of that World Cup was Cameroon-Argentina classic, which his side went on to win with a man down against a star-studden Maradona team.
“Before kick-off, we were really fearing the worst as supporters, especially when Maradona began doing keepie-uppies with his feet, head and shoulders after going up for the coin toss with our captain,” Song adds.
“Despite the two red cards, we won the game with a superb goal from Omam Biyick – one that has gone down in history. It was amazing to see our guys show the world that football was universal.
At Club level, Song played for Metz (1994-1998), Salertina, Liverpool, West Ham, Koln FC, Lens, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor (2008-2010).
“That’s when I realised just what the World Cup meant. What can I tell you about that team? It’s hard to single out just one player. Like a machine, they were then geared up for the rest of the competition. Roger Milla and his goals… just amazing!”
Four years later, Song was included in the Cameroon Squad to play in the 1994 World Cup in USA. The star says that it is an unforgettable moment.
“It’s an unforgettable memory. When I was named in the Indomitable Lions’ provisional squad, there I was among all those who’d made me dream in 1990. I thought, ‘Lord, I’m alongside legends here and I could be playing in a World Cup – at 17!’ I’ll never forget the joy I felt when I played my first World Cup match. My childhood dream had come true and it marks you for life.”