BY AFESEH APONG
Sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
57_year_old former Cameroon international, Bertin Ebwellé Ndingué, has shared great memories of his former teammate, Tataw Stephen, who passed on to glory on Friday July 31, 2020, at the age of 57.
The emblematic right back, captained the Indomitable lions of Cameroon during the 1990 and 1994 world cups and shared the the dressing room with Bertin Ebwelle both at the national team and club level, and he describes him as a monster in the defense.
“It’s with lot of sadness that I received the news and I think Cameroon has lost someone so important [Stephen Tataw] who was my teammate for long”, Bertin Ebwelle told reporters in Mbankomo.
“He was a defense monster and I have shared lots of good memories with him, starting from Tonnerre Kalara Club of yaounde where we first met in the 1980’s. He met me at TKC, he was coming from Kumba (Cammack of Kumba), and I joined TKC from Lions of Yaounde. He is someone who also helped me during our playing time and I think he has left a lot of things behind him. In the national team, we continued to work together to animate the group. May his soul rest in peace”.
Apart from being age mates and teammates, Bertin Ebwelle and Tataw Stephen had lots of similarities, as they both anchored the full back positions both at club and national team level, with Ebwelle playing left back, while Tataw Stephen handled the right back position. The friendship between the two went beyong the field of play.
“At TKC he had his first car, and I can remember that it is with him that my legs touch the pedals of a car for the first time. He is the one who told me brother in-law, you have to mash this pedal for this car to move forward. That’s how we used to call each other (brother in-law).
The 1990 world cup in Italy was definitely a turning point in the career of both men, as they guided Cameroon to an historic quarter final. Bertin Ebwelle thinks Stephen Tataw played an important role in that run.
“I think it was his great courage that we saw in that team, because he was becoming more and more imposing and taking responsibilities to make things move forward. He also had lots of respect for the elders and I think those are things that we can not forget at this moment”.
After spending time together at TKC, Bertin Ebwelle Ndingue and Stephen Tataw, teamed up again at Olympic Mvolyé between 1992_1994.
Tataw Stephen is gone, but his memories lives on.
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