Douala (National Times) – Cameroon’s soccer icon, Albert Roger Milla, has urged President Paul Biya to name the Japoma Stadium after him.
The football legend has expressed his desire to see the stadium, which is being constructed in his hometown bear his name while he is alive.
Speaking to State broadcaster(CRTV) on Sunday, April 7, 2019, Roger Milla revealed that even the people of Japoma had written to the Prime Minister requesting that the stadium bears his name.
“The construction of a stadium in Japoma touches me personally because it’s my village, my stronghold. But I don’t know if it will be named Japoma Stadium or baptised Roger Milla Stadium,” he said.
“Everybody is telling me that they wish the Head of State to name it after me. I am not forcing anyone, though. We all are waiting. I don’t wish it happens after my death. I have already told my family and the entire Japoma. If it is not while am alive, it can never be after my death. It’s up to the Head of State to decide,” Milla continued.
Milla added that there is already a stadium in Doaula bearing the name of Mbappe Leppe, another football legend and it would therefore be a wise decision if the Japoma Stadium bears his name.
The Stadium in Japoma is one of several stadia under construction across Cameroon to host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon were deemed unready to host the 2019 edition.
Miller, 66, scored 37 goals in 63 appearances for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon between 1973 and 1994.
He began his youth career with Éclair de Douala before moving to greater business with Leopards Douala, Tonnerre, Valenciennes, Monaco, Bastia, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier, Pelita Jaya and Putra Samarinda.
He was part of the coaching staff of Montpellier between 2001 and 2007 before returning home to manage Tonnerre from 2007 to 2011.
Milla rose to international fame at the age of 38 by scoring four goals at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, assisting Cameroon to become the first African nation to reach the quarter finals of the competition.
Milla came back four years later with a goal against Russia that made him the oldest goal scorer in World Cup history.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) named Milla in 2007 the best African player of the previous 50 years.