Cameroon writes CAF as star striker, Joel Tagueu diagnosed with heart problem
London, June 25, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Reports say Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) have written to continental football’s governing body Caf to call up a replacement for star striker, Joel Tagueu who was ruled out of the Africa Cup of Nations because of a heart defect.
A scan undertaken during the Indomitable Lions’ recent training camp in Qatar detected a heart problem with the striker’s coronary artery.
It is a huge blow to his hopes of playing at the Afcon finals for the first time, after netting eight times in 30 league appearances for his club last season.
A statement on the federation’s website says there is a “non-zero risk of sudden death on the field”.
Head coach Clarence Seedorf is expected to call up a replacement for the 25-year-old.
According to team doctor Prof William Ngatchou, Tagueu, who spent last season with Portuguese top-flight side Maritimo, had been undergoing similar scans for over eight years but those tests failed to highlight any issues.
The Lions are billed to face Guinea-Bissau in their opening game at the Ismailia Stadium on Tuesday, four days before taking on four-time champions Ghana.
They then square off against Benin in their final match of the group series on July 2.
Five-time champions Cameroon are hoping to defend the title they won in Gabon in 2017.
Meanwhile, Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says striker Samuel Kalu is okay after he collapsed in training on Friday night and was rushed to hospital immediately.
There were fears that the forward who turns out for French club Bordeaux might have some heart condition, but that was dispelled after checks in an Alexandria hospital.
Kalu played no part in Nigeria’s opening game against Burundi on Saturday as a precaution but was at the stadium in support of the team.
Coach Gernot Rohr speaking to CafOnline after the match said the striker was okay.
“Kalu had a problem on Friday when he fell as we were doing some drills on corner kicks. He was rushed to hospital and fortunately, the doctors said it was a problem of dehydration, not a heart problem. He didn’t drink enough,” Rohr noted.
“But he is okay now, he is in high spirits. We will wait for more green-light from the medical team before we can decide whether he can play. He is okay. The rest is up to the medics,” further stated the German coach.
Kalu indeed affirmed that he was okay, leaving the team’s dressing room after the game with a smile and a thumbs up when asked whether everything was fine.