Cameroon soccer legend Rigobert Song was Saturday treated to a rousing welcome on his return home after close to six months of hospitalisation in France.
A huge crowd gathered at the Yaounde-Nsimalen airport Saturday evening to welcome the man they fondly call “Manyang”.
The former captain of the Indomitable Lions was flown to France for medical treatment after suffering a stroke on a Sunday morning.
Song granted a brief press interview on his return, saying he had no recollection of what happened before he was stretchered out of the country.
He, however, thanked Cameroonians for their prayers, singling out the First Family for their role in facilitating his travel to France.
The former Liverpool and West Ham defender captained the national football team for 10 years before handing over the baton to Samuel Eto’o in 2009.
The 40-year-old Song won the African Nations Cup with Indomitable Lions twice; against Nigeria in 2000 and against Senegal in 2002.
Song in 2010 became the first African player to feature at four World Cup competitions; in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2010 when he retired from international football.