Cameroon Striker Joel Tagueu Ruled Out Of AFCON Due To Heart Problem

Joel Tague

The camp of the Cameroonian national football team has been hit by tragedy with striker Joel Tagueu ruled out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to a diagnosed heart defect.

Tagueu, who made the 23-man cut for the competition released by coach Clarence Seedorf, has already left camp and will continue further treatment.

According to tweets from the federation’s official handle, the team doctor, Prof William Ngatchou, confirmed that the heart defect was serious and the player could die on the field of play.

The defect had earlier been detected when the team underwent a three-day medical procedure in Doha, which was their preparatory base for the AFCON.

The statement read:

“The Indomitable Lions team doctor, Prof William Ngatchou, has just detected an anomaly of an implantation of a coronary artery suspected in Qatar and confirmed in Egypt, with a risk of sudden death on the pitch.”

Players and staffers of the team were left distraught by the news of the ailment, which has ruled the 25-year-old striker out of the competition.

“The news of Joel Tagueu’s departure from the camp was received with sadness in the camp. The staff and players couldn’t hold their tears.”

FECAFOOT has since written to CAF to see if a replacement can be done before the start of their opening match against Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday

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