It’s sad to learn that Rigobert Song the former Indomitable Lions skipper and head coach of Chad senior national team has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering from cerebral aneurysm. According to Cameroon online.org, the former indomitable lion captain suffered a stroke at his Odza home on Sunday 2nd October 2016. He is presently in the Emergency Centre of Messa battling with his life.
Rigobert Song started his professional career with Metz and helped the club to win the Coupe de la Ligue in 1996. After appearing at the 1998 World Cup, he joined Salernitana, newly promoted to the top-flight Italian Serie A. In January 1999, he left Italy to start successive stints with Liverpool, West Ham United and 1. FC Köln, but after failing to hold down a first-team place, he returned to France to play for Lens. He stayed there until 2004 and moved on to Turkey, where he spent four years with Galatasaray, winning two Süper Lig titles and the Turkish Cup. Song then signed a contract with Trabzonspor in 2008, where he won another Turkish Cup and stayed until 2010.
Rigobert 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 the youngest player ever to be sent off in a World Cup, aged 17.
The former indomitable lion skipper’s present health condition has brought about an outpouring of sympathy from former teammates like Patrick Mboma , Samuel Eto’o and a host of other well-wishers around the world. Below are a few tweets from footballers who expressed their concern.
Rigo…il faut pas déconner, tiens bon, Capi ! #Team237
— Patrick M. (パトリック) (@MBOMAPatrick) October 2, 2016
Yoğun bakımda olan eski oyuncumuz Rigobert Song’a acil şifalar dileriz. Kalbimiz seninle Afrika Aslanı! pic.twitter.com/E7kaRlRJ1X
— Galatasaray SK (@GalatasaraySK) October 2, 2016
— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) October 2, 2016
The greatest African center back of all times " Rigobert Song" suffered a heart attack. Hope he'll be alright. #PrayersForSong
— Jonathan Djamba (@tomotrilla) October 2, 2016