Former Indomitable Lions skipper, Stephen Tataw Eta has died in Yaoundé at the age of 57 after suffering from a “protracted illness” Ginainforms can confirm.
Family members have revealed the former TKC star player who has been battling to ameliorate his health for months died this Friday in his residence.
” Truly, he’s no more” Alice Tabe Eta, younger sister to the Cameroonian legend told CRTV in an interview.
” He has not been feeling fine for some time now and yesterday the situation got worst. Today at midday, he gave up the ghost. He died today at midday. It’s a big blow to our family because he’s been a loving and caring brother. Only God alone knows why. He’s the giver and taker of life” she added.
The President Cameroonian Football Federation Seidou Mbombouo Njoya says Stephen Tataw leaves a memory of a great sportsman and a remarkable leader.
The emblematic defender captained the Lions during the 1990 World Cup in Italy where Cameroon became the first African nation to reach the quarter finals of the global football showpiece, beating host Argentina during the tournament opener in their memorable run.
Stephen Tataw made 63 appearances for Cameroon scoring trice in his eight (8) year spell with the Indomitable Lions. He captained the Central African Nation during the FIFA 1990 and 1994 World Cup finals and featured in three African Nations Cup tournaments winning the trophy once in 1988.
The former Cameroonian professional footballer enjoyed a successful spell with the domestic league. He played for two of Cameroon’s most renowned clubs, TKC and Olympic of Mvolye. He won the Cup of Cameroon thrice in 1989, 1991, and 1992..
He became the first African footballer to play for a professional Japanese club, when he joined Tosu Futures in 1995-1996.
Stephen Tataw made his last public appearances during the draw of the African Nations Championship in Yaoundé.