1990 World Cup Lions – What Has Become of Them?

All have retired from football, with many now doing something else to make a living.

Joseph Antoine Bell, the expert

Bell was tipped to play the 1990 world cup but was put aside at the very last minute owing to his activism over players’ bonuses. Though sidelined in favour of Thomas Nkono, he stayed with the rest of the team in Italy until after the heroic expedition. He was however selected for the squad for the 1994 FIFA World Cup where he eventually made his debut, playing in two of Cameroon’s group matches. After quitting professional football, Bell, 61, reconverted to a sports analysts and chronicler.

Stephen Tataw, the colossus

Stephen Tataw, 52, captained the indomitable lions to glory at the 1990 World Cup. He was present during the next edition of the tournament in the United States when the Lions were eliminated at the group stage. After the 1990 World Cup, Tataw played professional football in Japan and converted to business after quitting professional football. He was appointed assistant administrative director of the national football team at the ministry of Sports and Physical Education. He now works for Fecafoot though without any defined portfolio.

Emmanuel Maboang, the second fiddle

Emmanuel Maboang did not play any front role during the world cup and disappeared from public view after the American expedition in 1994 only to resurface in France as a coach and organizer of matches. He was appointed coach of the National U-23 selection. Maboang Kessak, 47, also had a brief spell as coach of Canon Yaounde and occupies the position of administrative director.

Roger Milla, the roving Ambassador

Roger Milla was the most remarkable player at the 1990 World Cup. Whereas his selection for the Italian campaign was problematic as his team mates complained that he was too old for the game. But Roger Milla, 63, scored four crucial goals that led Africa to the limelight of world football. He was again present in the 1994 World Cup and the only Cameroonian to score a goal, thereby emerging the oldest goal scorer in the final round of the world cup. After professional football, he retired to concentrate on charitable activities. He also heads the Tonnerre handball team and was appointed Roving ambassador by the Head of State.

Bonaventure Djonkep, the technician

Bonaventure Djonkep was noted for his fighting spirit and technical understanding of the game in 1990. Djonkep, 54, was unused in the group stage but did appear in their round of 16 match against Colombia, as a substitute. After that world cup, Djonkep hung his boots to pick up those of a trainer. He coached clubs like Coton Sport, Union of Douala and New Stars. Owing to his technical and tactical acumen, he was appointed one of the assistants to Volker Finke and joined the technical bench of the indomitable Lions.

Source : Cameroon Tribune

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