By Giovanni Wanneh
Sports Writer, kick442.com Cameroon
Saturday August 29, marked the beginning of an end, of – an era as former lions full-back and skipper, Stephen Eta Tataw, began his ‘lone’ walk to the world beyond.
After his mortal remains was left to suck up an atmosphere of the esplanade and innerbowl of any sports infrastructure, for the very last time – at the multipurpose sports complex Tataw was buried at Mvolye, Yaounde.
For a man who marshalled what is judged to be the indomitable Lions’ dream team (1990), a state burial of that magnitude was totally worth it.
Tataw, at 57, died after a protracted illness on July 31. The former TKC right back had a two day funeral program that ran from Friday 28, to Saturday 29.
Former teammates gathered to bid farewell, amongst which were: Albert Roger Milla, Joseph Antoine Bell, and Francoise Omam Biyik to name a few.
Africa’s top football body, CAF, was fully represented as well with Cameroon’s own Samuel Eto’o sitting in for CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.
Stephen Tataw was winner of Cameroon’s second of five AFCON trophies (1988), and was the very first captain to take an African side to the World Cup quarterfinals.
Tataw has been Immortalised in the hearts and minds of those who watched, read, or those who will listen legends of the man.
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