Deceased on June 26th at the Gerland stadium in Lyon, France, of a heart attack during a match of Cameroon against Colombia, the memory of “Marco” remains engraved in the memories of Cameroonians, and even more of his former teammates .
On the anniversary of his disappearance, former captain of the indomitable Lions, Samuel Eto’o, made a vibrant tribute to his “big brother“.
“Big brother, it’s 14 years since you left, we lived exceptional moments. Shared joys and sorrows, through victories and defeats within the indomitable Lions. This team is so dear to us. With you, I have had hope and the desire to win.
At the time of the Confederations Cup in Russia, I realize that there are so many things we could have done together. But this dream suddenly stopped this sad evening of 26 June 2003 in Lyon. Day when your departure overwhelmed an entire nation, a whole people, the football planet. Like a wall, death has separated us dear big brother Marco. Your friendship, your affection and your professionalism remain forever engraved in the hearts, “he wrote on social networks.
On June 26, 2003 at 7:36 pm, Marc-Vivien Foé collapsed in the 72nd minute of the Cameroon-Colombia semi-final of the 2003 Confederations Cup on the grounds of the Gerland stadium in Lyon. Victim of a malaise, inanimate, eyes revulsed, the first to his bedside are the Colombians Yepes and Patiño after long seconds.
Foé was then clumsily evacuated to the medical unit of the stadium, where the FIFA doctor announced the frightful news after 45 minutes of attempts to resuscitate him. Guy Roux, live, deplored the fact that the match did not stop so that we could take care of the player whose condition seemed to be serious, as well as the negligence of the caretakers who made him fall by carrying him out of the field. An autopsy determined that the death was caused by a heart attack as a result of congenital malformation (cardiac hypertrophy).