By Adebayo Williams
Former Cameroonian national team captain Rigobert Song has suffered a stroke. The coach of the Chad senior national team is believed to be in critical condition after he was hit by cerebral aneurysm in his Odza, Yaounde residence.
Song holds the record of most consecutive games played in the tournament with 35 first team games. He has won two CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2002. In 2009, Song was dropped as Cameroon skipper by new coach Paul Le Guen, who eventually appointed Samuel Eto’o as the new captain but later caused concerns as Song had never been on the bench in more than 11 years for Cameroon. With 137 appearances, Song also holds the record of the most capped player in the history of the Cameroon national team and has played in fourWorld Cups, in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.
Along with Zinedine Zidane, Song is the only player to have been sent off in two different World Cups, once against Brazil in 1994 and against Chile in 1998. He also holds the record as youngest player ever to be sent off in a World Cup, aged 17. Nicknamed “Big Chief” by the Turkish fans, he is the uncle of fellow Cameroon defensive midfielder and Rubin Kazan player Alex Song.