Cameroonian soccer legend, Rigobert Song, is reportedly being hospitalized after having a stroke. On Sunday the soccer star collapsed and was admitted to Yaounde Central Hospital.
Rigobert successfully made it out of a 2 day coma and now will be flown to France for treatment.
Dr Louis Joss Bitang A Mafok, director of the hospital’s emergency centre, confirmed that Song’s condition has been stabilized.
“He has come out of his coma and the oxygen has been disconnected. His high blood pressure has returned to normal and the cerebral haemorrhage has been controlled.”
“A medical aircraft will be in Cameroon in (Tuesday) he morning, we will have a working session with the French team and then he will be flown to France.”
Report says that the Cameroonian government has paid the sum of £78,000 for his treatment abroad.
Rigobert Song is a popular figure in Cameroonian soccer. He is the uncle of Alex Song, an international professional footballer who has played for a number of clubs – Bastia, Charton Athletico, Arsenal, Barcelona, West Ham and now Rubin Kazan.
In October 2015, Rigobert Song was appointed as manager of the Chad national team. Currently he is working as a coach for Cameroon’s football federation.
With 137 appearances, Song also holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Cameroon national team and has played in four World Cups, in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 (Wikipedia).
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Just like Zinedine Zidane, Song was the first soccer champ to have ever been sent off in two different World Cups.
The 40-year old husband and father of four is often identified as the “player that defined the image of the (Cameroonian) national team”.
Rigobert Song is a 2 time winner of CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles (2000 and 2002).