Stephen Tataw: Former Cameroon Captain Dies Aged 57

Former Cameroon Indomitable Lions skipper Stephen Tataw died on Friday in country capital Yaounde at the aged 57.

He captained Cameroon at two World Cup tourneys – 1990 and 1994.

Sources have it that he passed away after battling with illness for the past months.

“It was with emotion that I learned the death of the former captain of the Indomitable Lions Stephen Tataw,” tweeted Cameroon FA (Fecafoot) president Seidou Mbombo Njoya.

“He leaves the memory of a great sportsman and a remarkable leader of men. All my condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Stephen Tataw. Courtesy

Tataw, notably, came into world limelight when he led Cameroon to the 1990 FIFA World Cup as the side beat Diego Maradona’s Argentina before reaching the knockout – Becoming the first African nation to reach the Quarters.

Playing at right-back, he commanded a team that had the likes of Roger Milla, Thomas Nkono, Andre Kana-Biyick, Benjamin Massing, Emmanuel Kunde, François Omam-Biyik, Eugene Ekeke among others.

The run was controversially ended by England who won 3-2 in Extra-time courtesy of Gary Lineker penalty.

Born March 31 1963, Tataw’s club career saw him play for Cameroonian sides Tonnerre Yaounde and Olympic Mvolye before ending his playing days in Japan with Tosu Futures in 1995 – He became the first African footballer to play for a professional Japanese club.

He also featured for at three Africa Cup of Nations, lifting the trophy in 1988 in Morocco.

Media in Cameroon have said that he held several administrative positions – He was the General Supervisor of the National teams, a position he held until his death.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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