Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Football | Cameroon

Theophile Abega © Backpagepix

Cameroon hero Abega has died



Former Cameroon captain Theophile Abega, who captained the Indomitable Lions to their first major title almost three decades ago, died aged 58 on Thursday, the Cameroon Football Federation said.

A statement on their website did not give the cause of death but Cameroonian news reports said Abega had suffered cardiac arrest.

Abega captained Cameroon to their first African Nations Cup title in 1984, when he scored in a 3-1 win in the final over Nigeria in Abidjan.

He was named African Footballer of the Year the same year, a runaway winner in the poll.

Abega played in all three of Cameroon's matches at the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain - the first of the country's six appearances at the finals.

He spent most of his career at Canon Yaounde and contributed to two triumphs in the African Champions Cup in 1978 and 1980 and the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1979 when the Cameroon clubwere regarded as the best on the continent. He was later the club's president.

Abega later played at Toulouse in France and Vevey Sport in Switzerland, before retiring at the age of 33. He served as mayor of a district in Yaounde for four years.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Sunday Oliseh
Why you shouldn't bet against Juventus
When you play at Juventus, all you have to worry about is playing football. The club’s management...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Hypocrisy among managers and players
The recent outburst by the manager of Glasgow Celtic Football Club displayed double standards and...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Pochettino needs a trophy
The Argentine has until the end of next season at the very most to win a trophy, otherwise he will...

Segun Odegbami
Champions League down to the wire
Football is a psychologically brutal game. It does not take any prisoners. It is cold and...