When The Lions Roared Cameroon Brought a Lot More Than Just Colour to Italia ’90

Milla in his dancing gear

Team: Cameroon

Home or Away: Home

Years Active: 1990 – 1992

As Worn By: Andre Kana-Biyik, Benjamin Massing, François Omam-Biyik, Eugène Ekéké,  Emmanuel Kundé, Cyril Makanaky and Roger Milla.


Cameroon qualified for the 1990 World Cup edging past Nigeria and defeating Tunisia in the final round playoff. At the tournament The Indomitable Lions were drawn into group B with Argentina, Romania, and the Soviet Union – and given zero chance of progressing.

That all went out of the window however after the opening game of the finals saw World Champions Argentina defeated 1-0 in possibly the greatest ever upset at a World Cup finals. Cameroon proved that was no fluke by beating Romania 2-1 in their next match and securing a place in the knockout stages, they then became the first African side to reach the Quarter Finals. They also became the first side to top a World Cup Finals group with a negative goal difference after losing to the Soviet Union 4-0 in their last group game.

Omam-Biyik heads into history in ‘The Miracle of Milan’

The Indomitable Lions were superb at the tournament and put African football firmly on the footballing map, and they did it in the most colourful fashion, adorned in this bright number from Adidas.

They eventually were pipped by England in the Quarter Finals after extra time and two Gary Lineker penalities, and those not blinded by patriotic fervor will admit England were lucky to advance at the Africans expense.

Cameroon were an explosion of colour at Italia ’90, literally with their bold kit and also with their football. Everyone remembers Roger Milla picking Rene Higuita’s pocket, scoring goals off the bench, and dancing at corner-flags.

We owe them a lot; without Cameroon Italia ’90 would have been a bust, it was that dull. And this unapologetic display of national colours was a breath of fresh air in an era of mostly dull attire.

And it takes a lot to pull off that colour combination – I mean, could you imagine Everton in that strip..?!??!

So Cameroon; we thank you.

How do your rate this kit..? Legend or total shocker..??


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