Former Cameroon captain Stephen Tataw has died at the age of 57 from an illness, as confirmed in a statement made by Fecafoot president Seidou Mbombo Njoya on Friday.
Tataw was famously known for leading the Indomitable Lions to a first World Cup outing in 1990 where they reached the quarter-finals but lost out to England 3-2 after extra-time. They became the first African side to reach that stage, an achievement which has since been equalled by Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010.
Born in the capital city of Yaounde on March 31, 1963, Tataw’s club career began with his hometown side Tonnerre Yaounde before moving to Olympic Mvolye in 1991 and then joining Japanese side Tosu Futures in 1994, playing there until 1996 where he finally called time on his career. He was the first African player to ply his trade in the Far East country.
“It was with sad emotions that I learned the death of former Indomitable Lions Captain Stephen Tataw today,” Mbombo Nioya said on Twitter. “I keep the memory of a great footballer and a remarkable leader.
“All my condolences to his family and loved ones.”
It was with sad emotions that I learned the death of former #IndomitableLions Captain Stephen Tataw today. I keep the memory of a great footballer and a remarkable leader. All my condolences to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/MIU1kfSihO
— Seidou Mbombo Njoya (@MbomboSeidou) July 31, 2020
Cameroon legend Stephen Tataw dies at 57