By Andy Sambidge
Cameroon World Cup star Roger Milla backs Gulf state bid to host tournament.
World Cup legend Roger Milla has been picked by the Qatar 2022 Bid Committee as one of their bid ambassadors.
The former African Player of the Year became a superstar during Cameroon’s 1990 run to the World Cup quarter-finals, scoring four goals and achieving worldwide fame for his corner flag celebratory dances at the age of 38.
“I am honoured to represent Qatar’s historic bid to host the World Cup finals in 2022. Having experienced the magic and passion of the World Cup finals on three occasions, I am delighted by the opportunity to help create something truly unique in the Middle East," he said in comments published by Gulf Times on Sunday.
“I believe that in 2022 Qatar and the entire Middle East deserve the same opportunity to host the Fifa World Cup for the first time and show the world just how serious and passionate they are about the game. I will work with all my energy and passion to bring about this great goal," he added.
The announcement was made in Luanda, Angola, during a presentation by Qatar’s 2022 Bid CEO Hassan Abdulla al-Thawadi to members of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Al-Thawadi added: "We are honoured that a man who understands the huge impact a World Cup can have, and also shares our passion for bringing the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time, has agreed to become an ambassador for Qatar 2022.”
The Bid Committee also announced Serbian football coach Velibor “Bora” Milutinovic as another ambassador.
Milutinovic is the only man in history to have coached five different national teams at World Cup finals.
“I am proud and honoured to be part of Qatar’s historic bid to bring the World Cup to the Middle East for the first time," he said.