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International Reds: Song's AFCON triumph

Cameroon defender Rigobert Song joined Gerard Houllier's Liverpool in January 1999 and captained his nation to African Cup of Nations glory in 2000.

Song made just 38 appearances for the Reds, but while his Anfield career may not have been particularly spectacular, his international career with the Indomitable Lions certainly was.

Made captain of Cameroon's U20s at just 16, Song played at World Cup USA 94 as part of Henri Michel's senior squad by the time he was 17. When he joined Liverpool, aged 22, the defender had another World Cup, France 1998, on his CV.

It was during his time at Anfield that Song won his first international title: the 2000 African Cup of Nations.

As captain of Pierre Lechantre's Cameroon, Song guided his team to the final and a mouth-watering clash host nation Nigeria, in Lagos.

Samuel Eto'o and Patrick M'Boma put the Indomitable Lions 2-0 up before Nigeria fought back to eventually force a penalty shootout.

It was suitably dramatic, with Victor Ikpeba's fourth spot-kick for Nigeria controversially ruled out (TV replays suggested the ball crossed the line) before Song stepped up to slot home the winning penalty.

The skipper would go on to successfully defend the AFCON title in 2002, play in another two World Cup tournaments and retire as Cameroon's most capped player ever, with 137 appearances.

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