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*Atouba dreams of re-telling Milla's tale

Posted on 24 March 2005  - 12:00

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Thimothee Atouba's eyes light up when you mention Roger Milla and Cameroon's famous exploits in the 1990 World Cup.


If you needed reminding, Milla scored four goals - celebrating each one with a special dance in the corner - as Cameroon beat holders Argentina on their way to the quarter-finals where they gave England an almighty scare before bowing out in extra time.


"In 1990 I was in Cameroon and I watched the games on television," said the left-sided current Cameroon international. "It was very special.


"It was the best competition the national team had ever played and Roger Milla the best ever player in Africa, in my opinion.


"That made a lot of young men want to play football. Everyone wanted to be like Roger Milla, Oman Biyick, Thomas N'Kono, Ekeke and Kunde. They made the dream. They showed us what could be done and every generation has wanted to do it since then. I would love to follow them in the finals."


But Thimothee's dream is in danger.


By his own admission, Cameroon haven't made the best of starts in African qualifying Group Three and go into Sunday's home clash against Sudan needing victory.


African qualfying is made up of five groups of six with the winners only progressing to Germany 2006. Cameroon are currently third in Group Three, four points behind leaders Ivory Coast.


It looks a tough call but Thimothee is confident. "We start on Sunday against Sudan, it's an important game and basically, we need to win the rest of our games if we want to make the World Cup in Germany.


"We are one of the best teams in Africa and we need to maintain that standard and to do that, we need to qualify for the World Cup. It's important to all the players to be there.


"Sudan is a technical team. We didn't know that before we went to Sudan and it was a surprise to see how they played - one-touch, two-touch, running off the ball. It was also very hot and we managed a 1-1 draw.

"Now, in Cameroon, we need to win. No, we have to win."