Cameroon Legend Roger Milla Speaks for the First Time Ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Cameroon Legend Roger Milla Speaks for the First Time Ahead of 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Roger Milla has suggested that an African team can win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
  • The Cameroonian legend reiterated that players from the continent must have self-belief
  • He said African teams struggled for years, but at the moment, many countries have developed

Former Cameroon legend Roger Milla has stated that Africa has all it takes to shock the world and win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The former striker disclosed this ahead of the global showpiece, which starts in the Middle East on November 20.

The prestigious title has been exclusively won by European and South American teams, but Roger Milla believes Africa has all it takes also to claim the prestigious trophy.

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Roger Milla says Africa can go all the way at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Photo: Valerio Pennicino.
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In a chat with the BBC, Milla - who is now 70 years old - stated that Africa has many of the best footballers in the world.

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He said:

“We have to make our players understand that we can compete with the biggest teams. We have everything to compete with them. It’s up to us to get to work. We struggled for a few years, but I’ve seen African football develop a lot. Now it’s time and we will see in Qatar.”

Milla represented the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at three FIFA World Cups; Spain in 1982, Italia in ’90 and USA in ’94.

Senegal president messages Sadio Mane

Meanwhile, Sadio Mane has received a message of encouragement from President of Senegal Macky Sall, after news broke that he could miss the World Cup in Qatar.

Sports Brief reported that the Bayern Munich winger suffered an injury during the Bavarians' game against Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Tuesday night.

President Sall wished Mane a speedy recovery and hoped he would be ready for the World Cup.

Bayern release statement on Mane

Sports Brief earlier reported that German club Bayern Munich have released a statement, stating Sadio Mane should still be available to play for Senegal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The former Liverpool forward suffered an injury, and there were fears that he could miss out on the global showpiece, which starts on November 20.

Mane was hit in the leg and was substituted in the first half of Bayern's 6-1 win over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.