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Cameroon Football Legend, Tataw, Dies At 57

Legendary former captain of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Stephen Tataw, is dead. he died late Friday at the age of 57 years, according to his family.

Tataw is noted for captaining the former Africa Champions to a quarter final of the Italia ’90 World Cup, where they defeated the then reigning Champions, Argentina, in their opening group game.

Family sources say, the former Olympique de Mvolye defender died this Friday in Cameroon’s capital city Yaoundé after illness.

The former Tonnerre of Yaoundé sweeper spent four seasons on the books of the great Cameroon Club, winning the Cup of Cameroon in 1989, 1991 and 1992 as captain of Olympique de Mvolye.

He won 63 senior caps with Indomitable Lions of Cameroon scoring three goals for the team.

He was part of Cameroon’s 1988 African Cup of Nations winning team in Morocco, playing in all five games of the competition.

Captain Tataw played all three games in Cameroon’s disappointing 1990 AFCON campaign where they were eliminated in the first round before leading them to their heroic quarterfinals exit in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

In total, Tataw led Cameroon to two FIFA World Cup tournaments, and featured in three African Cup of Nations tournaments, lifting the trophy in 1988.

He also enjoyed a stint abroad on the books of Futures Tosu after which he retired in 1997 and tried his hands in coaching.

Before his demise he served as the director of the different national selections of Cameroon.

He also enjoyed a stint abroad on the books of Futures Tosu after which he retired in 1997 and tried his hands in coaching.

Before his demise he served as the director of the different national selections of Cameroon.

He was a part of the Cameroon delegation at the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt.

His last public appearance was during the draw for the 2021 African nations championship in February this year.

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