Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cameroon Football Records Six Tragic Deaths in Just 14 Days

Since the beginnings of this month, at least six of such related incidents have been recorded, with the latest being the death of David Mayebi, former Vice President of the Cameroon football federation last Sunday.

It all began in Buea on May 4 when a driver working at the construction site of the Molyko Omnisport Stadium saw life snuffed out of him when a heavy-duty automobile collapsed on him. 

The incident occurred just in front of the stadium with the driver suffocating under the weight of an excavator. This incident had gone almost unnoticed as it wasn’t widely reported in the mainstream media.

Just two days later, another incident hit the headlines. It was in the evening of Friday 6 May when news broke that one time Indomitable Lions player, Patrick Claude Ekeng Ekeng, had been pronounced clinically dead two hours after he collapsed during a Romanian league game.

Ekeng had been on the field of play just for about seven minutes when he suddenly slumped backwards around the centre circle. 

Players and match officials rushed to his rescue before ushering in medical staff who opted to transport him by an ambulance service which was later sanctioned by Romanian officials for lack of appropriate medical equipment.

Just when Cameroonians were still struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of Ekeng which evoked sad memories of the Marc-Vivien Foe incident in 2003, another bombshell broke just two days later (on May 8). 

A female keeper of FC of Ebolowa, Jeanine Christelle Djomnang, took ill while training with team mates ahead of a women’s league match but shockingly died while being transported to hospital same day. 

Djomnang had reportedly complained of chest pain before the game she had to play against Louvre MINPROFF of Yaounde. Curiously, she died aged 26, just like Ekeng.