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By Katlego Moeng | Jun 23, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AFRICAN soccer legend Roger Milla says he is happy with the World Cup so far, despite the poor showing by Cameroon and African teams in general.

Milla, a 2010 World Cup ambassador, made history in 1990 when at the age of 38 he scored four goals to lead Cameroon to the World Cup quarterfinals in Italy.

In May, Milla lambasted his compatriot, Cameroon captain and Inter Milan star striker Samuel Eto'o.

He said Eto'o had "brought lots of glory to Barcelona and Inter Milan but never anything to the Cameroon team".

Yesterday he said: "I was not criticising Eto'o but offering advice to the players and encouraging the captain to push the team. I wanted to motivate them to do something for this World Cup. It was my patriotism so we can win."

Talking of Africa's display in the tournament, he said: "We are sorry for Cameroon but I think this is a good World Cup. I have been frequenting the country since 2006 and it has been a celebration. The colour and spirit is good and the stadiums are full.

"The lesson is to show the world that in Africa, win or lose, we celebrate. We wish Ghana well as our last hope."

He said the World Cup fever should continue, despite Bafana's performance.

Milla toured the African Romance Diamonds in Sandton yesterday. The company is the first African luxury diamond brand and design house on the continent.

"Each diamond carries its own serial number and can be tracked from start to finish," said chief executive Mohseen Valie Moosa. "African Romance carries the largest GIA certified, excellent cut diamond inventory on the African continent."


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