Former Cameroon international Rigobert Song is dead.
Song was rushed to the hospital after suffering from cerebral attack
The 40-year-old former defender was taken to Yaounde Central Hospital where he passed away, a family member confirmed.
Song played 137 times for his country and had spells with English clubs Liverpool and West Ham.
Until is death, we was working as a coach for Cameroon’s football federation following his departure as Chad coach.
His death is shocking despite assurances by Cameron’s health minister, Andre Mama Fouda that he was recovering. “He leaves conscious. His life is no longer in danger, but he is not out of the woods yet. We hope he gets well soon, and comes back in full form, as we know him to be".
Former Cameroon team-mate Samuel Eto’o who had wished Song quick recovery when he was first rushed to the hospital, tweeted after hearing the sad news again “sad to hear the demise of my big brother, RIP”.
Known for his defensive skills, Song usually plays as a centre back but could also operate at right back.
Internationally, he played at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and served as captain in five (the ones he was not captain for were South Africa 1996, Burkina Faso 1998 and Angola 2010), a record, and holds the record of most consecutive games played in the tournament with 35 first team games.
He has won two CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 (in Lagos against Nigeria) and 2002 (in Mali against Senegal) as well as coming second in 2008 against Egypt in Ghana.
He was the first player from Cameroon to play for Liverpool FC as well as clubs in France, Turkey and England.