CAF Debunks Rumours Of Rigobert Song’s Death


The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has debunked rumours of the death of ex-Cameroonian’s international, Rigobert Song.

There have been rumours that Song had passed away on Friday, October 7th after he had suffered a stroke two days before. But African sports journalist, Gary Al-Smith, who had worked for the BBC and CNN among others, reported Saturday morning that Song was not dead and was even able to speak.

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Al-Smith tweeted:

“CONFIRMED from multiple sources. Rigobert Song NOT dead. He actually waved his hands this morning and was able to speak.

“CAF boss Issa Hayatou will be seeing Rigobert Song at La Pitié Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. Song had a cerebral aneurysm, not a stroke.”

He added: “CAF president is visiting him in hospital today (Saturday).”

The former Liverpool and West Ham defender had  taken seriously ill last week when he slipped into a coma in his home country.

He was taken to Yaounde Central Hospital in Cameroon after he fell unconscious. He was in a coma for two days before he was transferred to a hospital in France for further treatment.

Rigobert Song was seen waving at fans outside the Yaounde facility as he was taken to the airport for the journey to France. Yaounde Emergency Centre director, Dr. Louis Joss Bitang A Mafok said the 40-year-old had suffered a “cerebral haemorrhage”.

Cameroon Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda, confirmed to newsmen:

 “Song has departed to Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris, where he will continue treatment. I am grateful to the Head of State for instructing the government to take the necessary measures to ensure that Song recovers.

“We hail the professionalism of medical doctors in Cameroon and we continue to pray for a safe trip for Rigobert Song and that he should recover very fast.” 

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The 40-year old former Cameroonian international has 137 caps for Cameroon.