AFCON 2019: Cameroon forward Joel Tagueu pulls out of squad due to heart problem

AFCON 2019: Cameroon forward Joel Tagueu pulls out of squad due to heart problem

Cameroon star Joel Tagueu was forced out of the team's 2019 AFCON squad after being cautioned he could "drop dead on the pitch" at any time due to a heart problem.

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According to reports, Tangueu, who plies his trade with Portuguese club Marítimo, had to be sent home from the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt due to the condition.

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Tagueu was informed of the heartbreaking problem by his national team's doctor, William Ngatchou.

The 25-year-old is said to have undergone a scan during the team's recent training camp in Qatar before kicking off their 2019 AFCON campaign.

The tests detected a problem with the striker's coronary artery, forcing him to withdraw from the Cameroon squad for the continental competition.

A statement on Cameroon Football Federation's official website confirmed the terrifying news ahead of their Group F opener against Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday, June 25.

"The team's doctor, Prof. William Ngatchou, has just detected an anomaly of coronary artery implantation, suspected in Qatar and confirmed in Egypt, with a risk of sudden death in the field," the federation said.

"The news of Joel Tagueu's departure was greeted with a lot of sadness in the team," they added.

An appeal has since been lodged with Africa football governing body, CAF, to grant Cameroon permission to field a replacement.

Meanwhile, the Indomitable Lions still managed to do without the striker against Guinea Bissau, stunning the west Africa nation 2-0 in their group opener.

Cameroon are the reigning AFCON champions, having claimed the continental trophy in 2017 after defeating Egypt 2-1 in the finals staged in Gabon.

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