Cameroon’s Italia ‘90 cap­tain Stephen Tataw dies

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For­mer Cameroon na­tional foot­ball team cap­tain, Stephen Tataw, died on Fri­day at his home in Yaounde at the age of 57.

His club ca­reer saw him play for Cameroo­nian sides Ton­nerre Yaounde and Olympic Mvolye be­fore end­ing his play­ing days in Ja­pan with Tosu Fu­tures.

Af­ter the 1990 World Cup he had tri­als with Queens Park Rangers in the (then) First Di­vi­sion, later re­call­ing he was told by man­ager Don Howe “I was good - ex­cel­lent - but he was full up.”

He passed away on Fri­day af­ter what a rel­a­tive de­scribed as a “pro­tracted ill­ness” but did not give any more de­tails at this stage.

The right-back was most fa­mous for play­ing ev­ery minute as he led the In­domitable Lions to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

That run in­cluded wins over Ar­gentina, Ro­ma­nia and Colom­bia as Cameroon be­came the first African side to reach the last eight of the World Cup.

Cameroon were even­tu­ally beaten 3-2 in ex­tra-time by Eng­land.

Four years later in the United States it was not such a fairy­tale as they were knocked out in the first round. That cam­paign in the USA in­cluded a 6-1 thrash­ing by Rus­sia af­ter also be­ing beaten by Brazil 3-0. (BBC News)

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Chief Imam of Tan­tolun Cen­tral Mosque Ije­gun La­gos State, Chief Imam Kamorudeen Adeshile (right) slaugh­ter ram dur­ing the Eid-El-Kabir cel­e­bra­tion.

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