The Indomitable Lions faced an Argentine team led by the recently deceased former Napoli star during a World Cup in Italy
Samuel Eto’o recalled the experience of watching Diego Maradona in action for Argentina against Cameroon in a group match at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
Maradona captained The Albiceleste in the tournament, but Cameroonian Francois Omam-Biyik stood out as the hero at the San Siro Stadium after scoring the only goal that separated the two teams in the 67th minute.
It was an eventful outing for the Indomitable Lions, who had two players, Andre Kana-Biyik and Benjamin Massing, sent off in the second half. Eto’o, who was nine at the time, recalled how hundreds of people gathered to watch the match in his neighborhood, describing the victory as ‘the hope’ that motivated the younger players at home. “We saw it with 2,000 people in our neighborhood in front of a television,” Eto’o quoted. AS.
“When Diego greeted our captain and then started juggling the ball on his shoulder, I thought we were going to lose 10-0.
“And when we won it was so important to us, it gave a lot of hope to the youth of our country. Cameroon has beaten Argentina! That gave us hope! “
Cameroon topped Group B while Argentina followed in second place. The Central African country reached the quarterfinals of the tournament where it was eliminated by England.
Maradona died this Wednesday at age 60 after suffering cardiac arrest. In his tribute to the 1986 World Cup winner, Eto’o described the former Barcelona and Napoli star as a living god.
“I told my friend, that has to be a joke and it is a terrible joke, because Maradona will always be with us,” he said.
“He was the idol of an entire generation, and of future generations, for what he did in football. He was from another planet. Diego, you are God, you will always be alive in our hearts ”.
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