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Cameroon pays tribute to late footballer, Ekeng


A ceremonial tribute has been held for late Cameroonian player Patrick Ekeng in the national capital Yaounde.

Relatives and supporters of the player who died after a collapse in a match at his professional club in Bucharest, Romania, paid tribute to him at the Yaounde Sports Palace.

Le V.P Koa Luc présidait la cérémonie d'hommage en présence du personnel, des #LionsU17, des amis, de la presse. pic.twitter.com/mPpWLKXRHP

— Fecafoot-Officiel (@FecafootOfficie) May 12, 2016

The remains of the 26 year old were flown in to uncontrollable wailing.

Cameroon Legend Rigobert Song and other sports administrators were in attendance to pay their last respect to Ekeng.

Friday’s event comes some thirteen years after a similar tragedy struck another Cameroonian player, Marc-Vivien Foe.

“It’s really sad. I remember a shy, quiet but very effective player on the ground. He was a genius. I’m feeling bad right now,” Germain Noal Essengue, Sports Journalist said.

Forensic investigations have started to determine the cause of Ekeng’s death.

The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) has also announced the postponement of all matches this weekend including Ekeng’s team Dinamo Bucharest’s Romania Cup final against CFR Cluj.

It will now be honoured on May 17.

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