Cameroon football legend Rigobert song cheats death, returns to homeland, 6 months after suffering stroke
40-year-old ex-Indomitable Lions international and former Liverpool defender Rigobert Song has thanked his fans, well wishers, football community and the Cameroonian government for the support and prayers they gave him as he arrived in his home country from France over the weekend.
Song, in October 2016, was flown to France after suffering a brain aneurysm (stroke) for two days at Yaounde Emergency Centre before he was flown to Paris for better medical care.
Song, one of Cameroon’s greatest players of all times, upon his return to Cameroon ,thanked the country’s fans and President Paul Biya for the support in the wake of his six-month medical stay in Europe.
He was met by dignitaries, friends and family at the Airport, and a smiling and much recovered song couldn’t hide his joy.
“I’m going to say thank you to the people, to God and President Paul Biya and his wife because he did everything to keep me in a good way,” Song told reporters on his arrival at the Yaoundé Nsimalen Airport.
“And people in Cameroon, I’m going to tell them ‘thank you’ for everything they did when I was in my situation. To come out of a heart issue without a scar, I am thankful to God and the Cameroonian people. I am healthy thanks to the doctors, I underwent three aneurysm operations.”
“I don’t remember what happened, but after my situation I’ve seen a lot of things. People have told me what happened,” he added.
“So I’m very happy to come back and I want to say thank you to all the people. When I opened my eyes the first reflex was to touch my head and I realised something was wrong, I was very far and I thank God for his mercy,” Song said.