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Coton Sport get Milla boost

Roger Milla
Roger Milla is backing Coton Sport to win the Champs Lge title

Champions League finalists Coton Sport Garoua have turned to Cameroon legend Roger Milla for inspiration before the biggest match in the 22-year history of the club.

Milla, whose exploits at the 1990 World Cup in Italy made him an instant worldwide football cult figure, arrived with the team ahead of the first leg against hot favourites Al Ahly of Egypt at Cairo Stadium on Sunday.

"All of Cameroon wishes that Coton Sport return home with a satisfactory result," Milla said.

"They deserve to win the trophy and I will be supporting them until the final whistle."

At the age of 38, Milla was plucked from the obscurity of football on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion to score four goals at Italia 90 as Cameroon became the first quarter-finalists from Africa.

He featured again at the World Cup four years later, scoring against Russia at the age of 42, but that was where the fairytale ended as the 'Indomitable Lions' slumped 6-1 and made a humiliating first round exit.

Although Milla played for Yaounde club Tonnerre, he is backing Coton Sport from the austere, dusty northern cotton town of Garoua as Cameroon hunt a first Champions League title since Canon Yaounde won the 1980 edition.

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