By Kila Jisi

 

Today, many sports lovers remember Cameroonian defensive midfielder, Marc Vivien Foe who died on June 26, 2003 during the FIFA confederations cup at the Gerland Stadium in Lyon, France.

 

Nine years after, Foe seemed to have died with his dream, of constructing a Sports Academy for young Footballers. At the Biteng neighbourhood in the outskirts of Yaoundé, is Foe’s sports academy in ruins.

 

Some years ago the family organised a ceremony and football competitions to honour the fallen hero who died of a heart attack during the match between Olympic Lyonnais-Colombia.

 

Today all the celebration is gone and only individual efforts of sports journalists who remembered the day, who tried to write a line or two on facebook.

 

There was no ceremony to remember Foe born in 1975 in Nkolo II in Yaoundé.

 

Apart from Efforts of the four times African Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto’o Fils of Anhzi Makachkala who has been helping the kids and other foreign efforts, government and the federation are silent.

 

George Weah honoured Foe on May 24, this year by placing a wreath on his grave and praying for the repose of his soul.

 

But, there is need for a concerted effort to safeguard the sports complex for other generations to play football and probably become world class footballers.

 

The government, the federation, former and present footballers need to join hands to safe the sports academy from ruins.

 

The City of Lyon inaugurated a Marc Vivien Foe stadium, there is an avenue named after Foe in France.

 

FIFA has equally honoured Foe and organised a meeting to rename confederations cup after Foe.

 

Foe is remembered by many as a dedicated player with a humane nature.

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