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Song thrilled with Cameroon’s euphoric reception

Rigobert Song, former indomitable lion's captain, says he is overjoyed with the ecstatic welcome the country gave him on Saturday, April…

Rigobert Song, former indomitable lion’s captain, says he is overjoyed with the ecstatic welcome the country gave him on Saturday, April 1.

Song returned to Yaounde after his six months treatment in a Paris hospital. The former Liverpool player took ill in October 2016 when he suffered a brain aneurysm and was hospitalised in Yaounde where his condition was stabilised before he was taken to Paris.

His return on Saturday came as relief to his many fans who had thronged the yaounde nsimalen airport to welcome the star. He was equally met by dignitaries, friends and family.

While at the airport, Song told reporters that he is thankful to the people of Cameroon, to God, President Biya and his wife. “They did everything to keep me in a good way. I’m going to tell them ‘thank you’ for everything they did when I was in my situation”.

“To come out of a heart issue without a scar, I am thankful to God and the Cameroonian people. I am healthy thanks to the doctors, I underwent three aneurysm operations,” Song added.

“I don’t remember what happened, but after my situation I’ve seen a lot of things. People have told me what happened. So I’m very happy to come back and I want to say thank you to all the people. When I opened my eyes the first reflex was to touch my head and I realised something was wrong, I was very far and I thank God for his mercy,” Song said.

He acknowledged the Indomitable Lions’ triumph at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and that his reception at the airport reminded him of the special welcome he and his former team-mates received after winning the 2000 and 2002 Nations Cups.

Concerning his future plans, Song said he wanted to continue working as a coach for Cameroon’s football federation having undergone a series of tests to determine his fitness.

“I’m going to continue my job. I’m ok now. I don’t have a problem. My problem is in the past now. It’s another situation. I’ll continue to work normally.

“I will start preparing the CHAN (African Nations Championship) set to take place in four months.