Cameroon - Song first African to play at four World Cups


(L-R)Cameroon's defender Stephane Mbia, Cameroon's defender Aurelien Chedjou and Cameroon's defender Rigobert Song react after a goal by Netherlands' striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar during their Group E first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 24, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. Netherlands won 2-1. AFP Photo


Cameroon’s veteran centre-back Rigobert Song became the first African player to play at four World Cups on Thursday when he came on as a late substitute in his country’s 2-1 defeat by Holland.

The former Liverpool, Lens and Galatasaray defender, who will be 34 on July 1, was brought on in place of Nicolas Nkoulou in the 73rd minute of Cameroon’s final Group E game.

“I brought Rigobert Song on, he’s a player with lots of caps, a symbolic player,” said Cameroon’s French coach Paul Le Guen.

Song made his World Cup debut in the United States in 1994 and also represented his country in France in 1998 before captaining The Indomitable Lions at the Japan/South Korea tournament in 2002.

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