“If someone has to die today, we will die”: Eric Djemba-Djemba reveals Marc-Vivien Foe’s eerie last words to teammates for his fatal collapse during the 2003 Confederations Cup
- Eric Djemba-Djemba has recalled the last words of team-mate Marc-Vivien Foe
- The ex-Man United midfielder said that Foe told them he was ready to die on the field
- Foe made the declaration hours before he collapsed in the middle circle in 2003
Eric Djemba-Djemba revealed the hair-raising closing words of former Cameroon team-mate Marc-Vivien Foe before crashing into the field during a Confederations Cup competition in 2003.
Foe, who represented Lens, West Ham, Lyon and Manchester City during his career, told teammates that he was ready to die on the field in the hours prior to their semi-final against Colombia.
Djemba-Djemba worked with Foe in the central midfield for Cameroon, but on that day at Stade de Gerland in Lyon he saw his teammate collapse in the center circle after an air challenge and he died shortly thereafter.
Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe collapsed on the field during the 2003 Confederations Cup
Eric Djemba-Djemba has revealed the hair-raising concluding words that his teammate has said that day
“I’ll never forget what he said to us on the bus before we played,” Djemba-Djemba said to the sun.
“He said,” if anyone has to die today, we will die. We don’t have to lose that game because I promised my wife and children that we should go to that final. I have to win the Confederations Cup. “”
Foe started complaining about tiredness at Djemba-Djemba and the plan was to encourage the coach to replace him as soon as the ball went out of play.
Foe stated that he was ready to die on the field before the team collapsed hours later
But after he challenged Colombian Mario Yepes, he collapsed and concerns from both sides were immediate.
“I saw Foe fall down and then I saw Mario shout:” Hey, hey, hey, “added Djemba-Djemba.
“We walked up to him and we knew he was dead immediately.”
Cameroon defeated Colombia 1-0 to set up a final against France, but considering what had happened to Foe, Djemba-Djemba admitted that the rest of the team was ‘scared’ to play again so quickly.
Then FIFA President Sepp Blatter paid a personal visit to the hotel hotel and urged them to play against France in the final, a match they lost 1-0 thanks to a goal from Thierry Henry.
An autopsy on Foe discovered that he had died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a hereditary disorder that is known to increase the risk of sudden death while undergoing physical exercise.
Cameroon lost to France in the final, but was unable to concentrate after the tragic death of Foe