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François Omam-Biyik

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Full nameFrançois Omam-Biyik
Place of birthSackbayene, Cameroon
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0.5 in)
Playing positionStriker

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François Omam-Biyik (born 21 May 1966 in Sackbayene) is a former football player from Cameroon. He also has French nationality. He was one of the most important players of the Cameroonian national team in the nineties, playing at the three World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998. He played 63 international matches in total.

Omam-Biyik's greatest moment came when he scored the downward header that gave Cameroon an historic 1 0 win over defending world champions Argentina in the San Siro in the opening match of Italia 90. He also scored against Sweden in the first round of USA 94.

He had success with different French clubs before moving to Marseille in the summer of 1992. He only played one match, and was transferred to Lens in October 1992. After a few years he continued his career in Mexico with Club America and Puebla F.C., with short stops in European clubs towards the late nineties. Omam-Biyik retired after the 1999/2000 season.

His aerial ability led to the term "Omam-Biyik" being used as a nickname for a headed goal.

In 1987 and 1991 he finished third in a run for an African Footballer of the Year award.

In 2003 he played in the Adecmac amateur soccer league in Mexico City with the team Club Deportivo Sahara, where he scored 10 goals in the season.

Currently, he lives in Colima, Mexico, where he is the head coach of the city's Second Division professional soccer team.

He is the father of Emilio Omam-Biyik and cousin of Francis Eliezer Omam, both of which are footballers.

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