Cameroon’s 1990 World Cup captain Stephen Tataw has died at the age of 57, it was announced on Friday.

The World Game | The Indomitable Lions lit up Italia 90, their second World Cup, as Roger Milla’s goals propelled them through to the quarter-finals.

Roger Milla was the big star of Cameroon’s run to the Italia 90 quarter-finals, but Stephen Tataw was the leader of that great team.

That was the first time an African team had reached the last eight in the knock-out stage, with Cameroon achieving memorable wins over defending champions Argentina, Romania and Colombia, before losing 3-2 to England.

The Cameroon Football Federation announced: “Stephen Tataw, former captain of the Indomitable Lions, died this morning in Yaounde from illness.”

Federation president Seidou Mbombo Njoya wrote on Twitter: “It was with great emotion that I learned of the death today of the former captain of the #IndomitableLions Stephen Tataw. He leaves the memory of a great sportsman and a remarkable leader of men. All my condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Milla posted a picture of himself with Tataw and Cameroon colleagues after the England game, accompanied by crying and broken-heart emojis to express his grief.

Defender Tataw won 43 caps for Cameroon, also taking part in the 1994 World Cup where Cameroon were knocked out in the group stage.

He worked within the technical department of the Cameroonian Federation before his death.

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  1. The greatest captain in African football and one of the best skippers in the world. He was a great leader and FIFA voted the Cameroon 1988-1990 team as the top twenty greatest football teams in the history of football.
    I believe Cameroon did not do much to incorporate him into the management of FECAFOOT which has been plagued by mismanagement and misappropriations over the years.

    If Biya and CPDM and true to Cameroonians the new stadium in Yaoundé or Douala should be named Tataw Eta International Stadium in his honor.

  2. His illness, did not qualify him to be taken to Europe for treatment. Football, did.
    This is how cohabitation, works in a federated state. Open your eyes and try to
    see beyond your shadows people.

    • Shut up you fvcking retard. The things u’ve been denying and insulting those concerned has slap you in the face. Tell me Tataw won’t have been evacuated to Europe if he was from East of the Mungo? Pretending Satan.

  3. Javion, Just as you did for our team in CCAST Bambili, you did it in 1990 to make our great nation proud. Oh god. The last time we met was when you came to my office at Nsam Efoulan and after having some good time in the evening, you drove me back to my uncle’s home. I love you bro, May your soul rest in peace.

  4. **** FOOD FOR THOUGHT ****

    Captain SONG was evacuated to Europe for treatment
    Captain TATAW was NOT evacuated.


    because the so-called “one and indivisible” LRC is indeed “TWO AND DIVISIBLE”. It is made upof two states EQUAL IN STATUS ( SC and LRC ).
    Captain SONG is from LRC while Captain TATAW was from SC.
    It is common nowledge and a celebrated fact that people from SC areconsidered by the crime syndicate ruling the country as SECOND-CLASS citizens. That was the reason Captain TATAW was not evacuated to Europe for expert treatment despite the fact that he was ill for a long time.
    Of course, now that the second-class citizen is dead,the GOC will shed crocodile tearsby awarding him posthumously medals of honour. A COUNTRY OF HYPOCRITES.

    • Conclusion

      A country ruled by deceit and deception is likened to a house built on sand.
      It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that a house built on sand cannot stand for long.
      Thank God, Dictator Biya’s UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE; UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE war will rescue the Anglophones from that sh*thole VIVRE-ENSEMBLE with LRC.


  5. My condolence goes to the bereaved family. He will surely rest on the bosom of the Almighty. He has been discriminated against by not paying attention to his health. This brings again the Anglophone question in the lamplight.

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