AFCON 2019:  Fear for death rules out Tagueu

By Brian Aheebwa

Cameroon and Cruzeiro forward Joel Tagueu has been ruled out of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations due to fear that he could die on the pitch. 

Reports coming in from Cameroon’s camp in Egypt indicate that he has an anomaly that could see him lose his life in any of the games. 

But it must be noted that Tagueu could play for Cameroon in Egypt but for safety reasons he has been withdrawn from the Cameroon team. 

Therefore the Indomitable Lions will now begin their campaign with 22 players but coach Clarence Seedorf will replace the forward in due course of the tournament.

The defending champions are pooled in Group F alongside Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau and will begin their title defense against Guinea-Bissau on June 25th.

It should be remembered that Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed during the 2003 Confederation Cup  semifinal against Colombia on 23 June 2003 and died moments later.

Recently in eSwatini Burundian international Papy Faty died of suspected heart failure while playing for Melanti Chiefs against Green Mamba in a league game

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