Cameroon news

N'Guemo aiming to emulate Milla

October 21, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Celtic midfielder Landry N'Guemo is desperate to shine for his club so he can realise his dream of emulating Cameroon legend Roger Milla at next summer's World Cup.

Landry N'guemo
GettyImagesCentral midfielder Landry N'Guemo joined Bordeaux from Nancy this summer

N'Guemo, 23, made his first start for his country for nearly two years when he faced Angola last week and is now looking to seal a place in the squad for next summer's finals in South Africa.

Although the on-loan Nancy midfielder was only four when Milla became one of the stars of Italia 90, he grew up watching videos of the veteran striker's famous goal celebrations.

He told Celtic's official website: "It's hard for me to remember the 1990 World Cup, because I was so young, but I used to watch the footage of him shaking the corner flag when he scored.

"Milla was the star of the tournament for Cameroon and he was a hero to all the young football players in the country. He is someone I look up to.''

Cameroon will seal their World Cup place if they beat Morocco next month. N'Guemo, who Celtic have an option to buy when his loan expires at the end of the season, said: "We have one more game to win and that would guarantee a World Cup place.

"If that was to happen, it would be more than a dream for me. A few years ago, when I first joined Nancy as a teenager, I couldn't even begin to dream about that becoming a reality.

"In Africa, there are no grass pitches for young children to play football on. We would play on rocks and stones in our bare feet. We never wore shoes because we were never able to.

"My toes were always bleeding and my legs still have the scars from those days. I have marks all down my shins and on my knee. The first time I played in an organised game was when I was 13. I moved to Yaounde and I was picked up by Nancy.''