1. GK Joseph-Antoine Bell
For the national team, he was in the squads at the 1982 and 1990 FIFA World Cup but did not play any matches. He was also selected for the squad for the 1994 FIFA World Cupwhere he eventually made his debut, playing in two of Cameroon’s group matches. After Cameroon’s elimination in 1994, enraged fans set fire on Bell’s house in Douala. Bell today serves in an advisory role in the Cameroonian soccer Federation.
2. MD Andre Kana-Biyick
He is a former Cameroonian footballer. Brother of François, he started a professional career in 1986 with Diamant Yaounde. From 1988 to 1994 he played in France Ligue 1 with FC Metz and Le Havre AC. In Ligue 1 he played 93 matches and scored 8 goals. With Cameroon national football team he participated at 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup. He was sent off in Cameroon’s opening game of the 1990 World Cup, a game against Argentina that Cameroon won 1-0. His son Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, is currently on the books of Stade Rennes. Biyick left the game altogether but is currently tracking the progress of his son, a West Brom target.
3. DF Jules Onana
He played for the club Canon Yaounde, and also took part in the1990 FIFA World Cup, playing 3 of the 5 matches of the Cameroon national football team. He decided to retired in 2005 after played in several clubs in Camerron,France and Indonesia with Pelita Jaya. After retirement, he serves as the player agent in Asia, including Singaporean football player Agu Casmir and Pierre Njanka. He had 56 caps for Cameroon national football team.
4. DF Benjamin Massing
Massing, who played professionally for, among others, France’s US Créteil-Lusitanos (1987–91), was picked up for Cameroon’s squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was famously sent off in the opening game for a spectacular foul on Argentina’s Claudio Caniggia (in a 1–0 shock win). Massing also appeared in the quarterfinal loss against England (2–3) where he was booked, conceding a penalty for committing a foul on Gary Lineker. Previously, in the match against Argentina, he received another caution, after bringing down Diego Maradona. Internationally Massing, who gained 21 international caps in four and a half years, also took part in three Africa Cup of Nations, namely the 1992 edition while playing for Olympic Mvolyé. He has led a modest private life since.
5. DF Bertin Ebwelle
Ebwellé is a retired professional footballer who representedCameroon at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He also took part in 1992 African Nations Cup. He played club football withTonnerre Yaoundé, Persisam Putra Samarinda and Olympic Mvolyé. He is now a coach in Cameroon.
6. DF Emmanuel Kunde
He is a Cameroonian former professional football defender. He spent the majority of his professional career playing for Canon Yaoundé. He was also a member of the Cameroon national team at the World Cups of 1982 and 1990, and won the 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cups. Kundé scored the winning goal in the 1988 African Nations Cup final against Nigeria with a penalty kick. Two years later, in the 1990 World Cup quarterfinal match against England, he scored to equalize the score 1-1, again via a penalty kick. He also took part in 1992 African Nations Cup while playing for Olympic Mvolyé. Kunde has permanently shunned the limelight after leaving the game. In August, a jubilee was organized by one of his 1990 WC teammates Emmanuel Maboang Kessack to celebrate his official retirement from the game. Maboang and Kunde were roommates at the 1990 WC.
7. FW Francois Omam-Biyick
He was one of the most important players of the Cameroonian national team in the nineties, playing at the three World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Omam-Biyik retired after the 1999/2000 season. Currently, he lives in Colima, Mexico, where he is the head coach of the city’s Second Division professional soccer team. He is the father of Emilio Omam-Biyik and cousin of Francis Eliezer Omam, both of whom are footballers.
8. MD Emile M’Bouh M’Bouh
Émile Belmont M’Bouh M’Bouh is a retired Cameroonian international footballer who played professionally in France, Qatar, Portugal, Singapore and Malaysia. Mbouh played for Le Havre AC of France, Qatar SC of Qatar, Vitória de Guimarães of Portugal, Tiong Bahru United of Singapore and Perlis FA and Kuala Lumpur FA of Malaysia. Mbouh participated at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1994 FIFA World Cup. Mbouh currently runs the Emile Mbouh Soccer Academy, and also coaches FC Rockville, a youth team based in the United States.
9. FW Roger Milla
He helped the Cameroon team reach the quarter-finals.He is also remembered for his trademark goal celebration of running to the corner flag and performing a dance. In the years that have followed, he has been recognised as a pioneer of the many unconventional and imaginative goal celebrations seen since then. He is now an itinerant ambassador for African causes. In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé in conjunction withFIFA’s centenary celebrations.Milla starred in a Coca Cola advertisement for 2010 FIFA World Cup as the originator of dancing whilst celebrating when scoring a goal. He is seen in the crowd drinking Coca cola.
10. MD Louis-Paul M’Fede
Louis-Paul M’Fédé (26 February 1961 – 10 June 2013) was a Cameroonian soccer player who played midfield. He spent his playing career with Cameroonian side Canon Yaounde and Olympic Mvolyé, and Stade Rennais of France and played in theOlympic Football Tournament 1984 in Los Angeles, in the FIFA World Cup with Cameroon in 1990 and 1994. He also took part in1988, 1990 and 1992 African Nations Cup. He died of a lung infection on 10 June 2013.
11. FW Eugene Ekeke
He famously scored to give Cameroon the lead against England in the quarter finals, before eventually losing 3-2. Ekéké played most of his club football in France, at RC Paris from 1982 to 1986, during which period he played for Cameroon in the 1984 Olympic Football competition, alongside many of the team who would later play so well at the World Cup 6 years later. Ekéké is now based in Douala, occasionally commenting on matters regarding the Indomitable Lions in the local media.
12. DF Alphonse Yombi
Ayakan Alphonse Yombi is a former Cameroonian footballer. He was a member of the Cameroon squad at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. As a professional, he played among others in his home at Canon Yaoundeand Olympic Mvolyé, and in Europe at Stade Laval in France, Vejle BK in Denmark and Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. in Greece. He quit the game for good.
13. DF Jean-Claude Pagal
In 2008, he put pen to paper, to join the MTN Elite I club, Tiko United. The then 44 year old, who is based in France, became one of the oldest players in the history of Cameroon’s Division I football. He told the press that he was coming home to play to set an example for youth footballers. He however retired and is now working with youth football schemes.
14. DF Stephen Tataw
At the club level, he played with Tonnerre Yaounde from 1988 to 1991, and for Olympic Mvolyé from 1992 to 1994. He then joined Japanese side Tosu Futures where many viewed him as the first African-born professional player in Japan. While he was in Japan, he unsuccessfully tried to guide his club to the J-League, the top division.He is probably best remembered as the captain of Cameroon during their historical run at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where the team became the first African nation to reach quarterfinals. He now works with the Cameroonian soccer federation.
15. DF Thomas Libiih
Now a retired Cameroonian footballer, he played for various clubs, including Tonnerre Yaoundé and Ohud Medina. He also participated in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1994 FIFA World Cup.Libiih had a brief spell with LDU Portoviejo in Ecuador. He works as a coach at FC Lotus-Terek Yaoundé, a Cameroonian farm team of Russian FC Terek Grozny, created by Guy Stephane Essame.
16. GK Thomas N’Kono
Arguably the greatest goalkeeper Africa has ever produced, he is mainly associated to Espanyol, whom he represented for almost a decade appearing in more than 300 official games. N’Kono appeared for the Cameroonian national team in three World Cups. In 2002, N’Kono was arrested by riot police for allegedly using “black magic”, prior to the African Cup of Nations semi-final against Mali (3–0 win). He was dragged onto the running track after stepping onto the pitch at the 26 March Stadium, alongside coach Winfried Schäfer, and eventually received a one-year ban, which was then lifted, although he was not allowed to sit on the bench for the final. Nkono is now a roving ambassador today with various CAF initiatives.
17. DF Victor N’Dip Akem
Victor N’Dip Akem (born 18 August 1967) is a retired Cameroonian football player. Among the clubs he played for included Canon Yaoundé and Olympic Mvolyé. He also participated at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1994 FIFA World Cup. Ndip shuns public life today.
18. FW Boneventura Djonkep
As a full international he appeared in two qualifying matches for the 1986 FIFA World Cup against Zambia in April 1985. He then played for Cameroon in the 1987 All-Africa Games and in the 1988 African Cup of Nations. He was called up by coach Valeri Nepomniachi to the Cameroon squad which participated the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Djonkep was unused in the group stage but did appear in their round of 16 match against Colombia, coming on in the 69th minute as a substitute for Cyrille Makanaky. Cameroon won in extra time through two goals by Roger Milla and were knocked out in the quarter-finals byEngland. He now coaches New Star Douala.
19. MD Roger Feutmba
He was named in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, 1990 African Nations Cup and 1992 African Nations Cup squads for Cameroon. During his time at Mamelodi Sundowns Feutmba won the PSL Players’ Player of the Season award. Father of two Feutmba, 45, is the technical adviser at his old club, Union Douala. He also runs a clothing shop and a supermarket with his wife of 21 years, Regina, and is an agent for some young players.
20, MD Cyrille Makanaky
Nowadays Cyrille Makanaky fronts as a real estate agent. He shrouds himself in a normal life of anonymity and routine. Yet, as a player, his name was all but forgettable. In the 1988 edition in Morocco, he scored the game’s only goal, helping defeat the hosts in the semifinals (eventually winning the trophy). Makanaky also represented the nation at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, playing all five matches (two complete) as the Lions Indomptables reached the quarterfinals.
21. FW Emmanuel Maboang Kessack
He is a retired Cameroonian international football player. Among the clubs he played for included Canon Yaoundé, Portimonense S.C. and Rio Ave F.C. of Portugal, and Pelita Jaya of Indonesia. He also participated at the 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1994 FIFA World Cup. He has since become a very successful player’s agent focused on Southeast Asia. He still follows the Indomitable Lions intently.
22. GK Jacques Songo’o
He is a Cameroonian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He spent the vast majority of his professional career in France and Spain – Deportivo de La Coruña, appearing in more than 200 official games over the course of six seasons and winning the 2000 La Liga championship – also representing the Cameroonian national team in four World Cups. Songo’o featured for Cameroon in every FIFA World Cup from 1990 to 2002, although only as first-choice in the 1998 edition.
In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Songo’o was part of Paul Le Guen’s coaching staff. After the tournament, which ended in the group stage, he led Cameroon to a 3–0 victory over Poland, on an interim basis, the nation’s first win in 12 competitive games. Songo’o also has French citizenship.
Both of his sons – French U-19 international Franck (who changed his international allegiance to Cameroon in 2008 and played namely for Portsmouth and Real Zaragoza), and Yann (who emerged through his father’s former side Metz youth ranks) – are also professional footballers. Yann signed for Blackburn Rovers during the summer of 2013.