By Basil Afoni with Fifa.com
Roger Milla’s 20-year record as Africa’s oldest international player came to an end when Mauritian striker Kersley Appou stared in his country’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying defeat against Mauritania on Saturday.
The record which Cameroonian football legend, Albert Roger Milla set at the 1994 World Cup at the age of 42 years and 39 days came to an end when Mauritius striker Kersley Appou, who is 43 years and 354 days old.
Speaking after the encounter, Kersley Appou said he is not yet going to hang-up his boots yet.”I plan to continue playing,” said Appou, who was a substitute in the 1-0 first-round, first-leg defeat.
Appou, who plays his club football for Pamplemousses in the Mauritian league, will be celebrating his birthday on 24 April, 2014.
He credits his family for helping him maintain his drive. Appou is a father of three kids and is also honest enough to admit that he has also benefited from the fact that the Mauritian League was not so strong.
“I must recognise the fact that it is not fully professional, and that has helped me remain competitive, even though there are good players and good games in that championship.”
Despite Appou’s age, he is said to be a clinical finisher. He holds a record of ten goals which is the highest scored in Mauritius national team history.
However, Milla still holds the record as the oldest player and goal scorer at a World Cup. His goal celebration of dancing around a corner flag has become iconic.