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Ex-Cameroon midfielder, Modeste M’bami, dies of cardiac arrest at 40

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Cameroonian football has been thrown into mourning following the sudden death of former Indomitable Lions midfielder, Modeste M’bami, who died on Saturday following a cardiac arrest at his home in Le Havre, France.

M’bami who was 40-years-old at the time of his demise, won the 2000 Olympics gold medal in Brazil with Cameroon’s U-23 team, and played for top French clubs like Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain, Le Havre and in Spain with Almeria.

According to a statement by PSG, the Olympic champion “succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 40 in Le Havre where he has been living since his retirement from football in 2015.”

“PSG are in mourning. Modeste M’bami has just left us, at the age of 40, after succumbing to a heart attack,” PSG wrote on Twitter.

M’bami who was born in Yaounde,
started his football career at Dynamo Douala before moving to France, where he initially played for CS Sedan Ardennes, before going on to play for PSG and then Marseille.

He also featured for Spanish side Almeria, Changchun Yatai in China and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad before ending his career at Le Havre.

He turned out for the Cameroonian national team 37 times between 2000 and 2009, scoring three goals, and was part of the team that reached the 2003 Confederations Cup final before losing to France.Incidentally, M’bami was playing in the Cameroon midfield alongside the late Marc Vivien Foe who slumped and died from a cardiac arrest during the Lions’ 2003 Confederation Cup semi-final victory over Colombia.

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Agent of Ghanaian international, Christian Atsu, debunks rescue from Turkey earthquake

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The agent of Ghanaian Black Star international, Chrstism Atsu, has debunked reports the player who was trapped under the rubble of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday, has been rescued.

Atsu, who plies his trade with Hatayspor of Turkey was one of several people affected by the quake, was reported to have been rescued alive on Tuesday but the agent, Nana Sechere, in a statement on Wednesday, said the he and the player’s family have been unable to confirm whether he was rescued nor his whereabouts.

A number of conflicting reports had surfaced following the initial news regarding Atsu, with a spokesperson for Hatayspor claiming he had been taken to hospital injured.

Sechere who released the statement on Twitter, however said so far, the reports are not true.

“Following yesterday’s update from the club that Christian had been pulled out alive, we are yet to confirm Christian’s whereabouts,” Sechere wrote.

“As you can imagine, this continues to be a devastating time for his family and we are doing everything we can to locate Christian.”

“Official updates will be provided as more information comes to light. Please respect the families privacy during this harrowing time, and refrain from spreading unsubstantiated news as this will only hamper the search efforts for Christian Atsu.

“Thank you for all your prayers and support,” he posted in another tweet.

The confusion over Atsu’s situation was also accentuated by an update by Hatayspor manager, Volkan Demirel, who told reporters that Atsu and the club’s director Taner Savut, were still missing.

“There is no news from Atsu and Taner Savut yet. Would I share this if they were in the hospital? As soon as the news comes, I will share it.”

Hatayspor club doctor Gurbey Kahveci also said:

“We went to the hospitals, but he was not there. Unfortunately, we accept that Taner and Cristian Atsu have not been found at the moment.”

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Ghanaian footballer, Christian Atsu, rescued alive from Turkey earthquake rubble

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Ghana international footballer, Christian Atsu, who was reported to be one of those buried under the rubble following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey on Monday, has been rescued alive, according to officials of his club,
Hatayspor, on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old former Chelsea and Newcastle winger was reported missing in Turkey’s Hatay province following the quake and its aftershocks that brought down thousands of buildings, killing around 5,000 people in several Turkish and Syrian cities.

But in a statement on Tuesday, the club said the Black Star player has been found alive after being buried under rubble, but with injuries and have been evacuated to a hospital.

“Christian Atsu was pulled out injured. Our sporting director, Taner Savut, is unfortunately still under the rubble,” club vice president Mustafa Ozak told the media on Tuesday.

Atsu, who joined Chelsea from Porto as a teenager, has played in the English Premier League for both Newcastle United and Everton, on loan from Chelsea, before joining Hatayspor last September.

He played a League match for Hatayspor on Sunday before the early morning earthquake which across southeast Turkey and northern Syria.

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