Song first African to play at four World Cups

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.

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Published: Fri 25 Jun 2010, 12:38 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:18 AM

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, whose side had already been eliminated.

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.

In total he played nine World Cup finals matches, without scoring a goal, and received a red card against Brazil in 1994.

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