Théophile Abega

Last updated

Théophile Abega
Personal information
Full name Théophile Abega Mbida
Date of birth(1954-07-09)9 July 1954
Place of birth Nkomo, Cameroon
Date of death 15 November 2012(2012-11-15) (aged 58) [1]
Place of death Yaoundé, Cameroon
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Lion de Yaoundé
Colombe Sportive
Senior career*
1974–1984 Canon Yaoundé
1984–1985 Toulouse 22 (3)
1985–1987 Vevey-Sports
International career
1982 Cameroon O. 3 (0)
1976–1987 Cameroon [2] 37 (6)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Théophile Abega Mbida (9 July 1954 – 15 November 2012), nicknamed Doctor, was a Cameroonian football player and politician. Playing as a midfielder he was part of the Cameroon national football team, playing all three matches at the 1982 FIFA World Cup [3] and captaining the side to their first African Nations Cup victory in 1984, where he scored a goal in the final. He was nicknamed "The Doctor" in tribute to his footballing intelligence. [4]


Club career

Abega started his career with Lion de Yaoundé and after with Colombe Sportive du Dja et Lobo. [5] After, he played club football for Canon Yaoundé where he won the 1978 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1980 African Cup of Champions Clubs and 1979 African Cup Winners' Cup titles as well as four Cameroonian championships and five Cameroonian Cups. [4] Later in his career, he moved to France to play for Toulouse FC before finishing in Switzerland with Vevey. [6]

International career

Following a collision with Zambian goalkeeper Efford Chabala at the 1986 African Cup of Nations Abega retired from football in 1987. [4] Abega then went into politics, becoming the mayor of the sixth arrondissement of Yaoundé. [4]

In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years. [7]


Abega died of cardiac arrest at Yaoundé General Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon on 15 November 2012. [6]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Roger Milla</span> Cameroonian footballer

Albert Roger Miller, known as Roger Milla, is a Cameroonian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cameroon national football team</span> Mens association football team

The Cameroon national football team, also known as the Indomitable Lions, represents Cameroon in men's international football. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football, a member of FIFA and its African confederation CAF.

Alain N'Kong is a Cameroonian former professional football who played as a midfielder.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Canon Yaoundé</span> Football club

Canon Sportif de Yaoundé, commonly known as Canon Yaoundé, is a Cameroonian professional football club based in the capital city of Yaoundé. The club was formed in 1930 and play their games at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo. Their most successful period was in the 1970s and 1980s when they were a dominant force in Cameroonian and African football, winning eight national championships, eight Cameroonian Cups, three African Champions' Cups and one African Cup Winners' Cup.

Marcel Mahouvé is a Cameroonian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He is a cousin of the mother of the Berlin-born siblings Francis, Sylvie and, Nicole Banecki.

Emmanuel Jérôme Kundé is a Cameroonian former professional footballer who played as a defender. He spent the majority of his professional career playing for Canon Yaoundé. He was also a member of the Cameroon national team at the World Cups of 1982 and 1990 and won the 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cups.

Ephrem Marie M'Bom was a Cameroonian professional footballer. He competed for the Cameroon national football team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Grégoire M'Bida Abéga, nicknamed Arantes, is a Cameroonian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He competed for the Cameroon national team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Issa Hayatou</span> Cameroonian basketball player and football executive

Issa Hayatou is a Cameroonian sports executive, former athlete and football administrator best known for serving as the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) between 1988 and 2017. He served as the acting FIFA president until 26 February 2016 as previous president Sepp Blatter was banned from all football-related activities in 2015 as a part of the that year's FIFA corruption investigation. In 2002, he ran for president of FIFA but was defeated by Blatter. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sport in Cameroon</span>

Sports in Cameroon is practiced widely by the population and advocated by the national government. Cameroonians take pride in victories at international competitions, making sport an important source of national unity. Traditional sports in Cameroon include canoe racing, swimming, tug of war, and wrestling. Wrestling has featured in the initiation rites and other ceremonies of ethnic groups such as the Bakweri and the Duala. However, in modern times, sports such as basketball, boxing, cycling, handball, netball, caber toss, and table tennis have become popular. The 40 km Mount Cameroon Race of Hope draws several hundred runners each year. Tourists hike, rock climb, and mountaineer, especially up Mount Cameroon. Yaoundé, Tiko and Kribi have golf courses. Rugby union is also played, with about 15 clubs and 3,000 players nationally.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stephen Tataw</span> Cameroonian footballer (1963–2020)

Stephen Tataw Eta was a Cameroonian football right-back who played club football in his home country and Japan. He captained the Cameroon national team at the 1990 and 1994 editions of the FIFA World Cup. He was the first player from Africa to play for a Japanese club.

Jean Manga Onguéné is a former Cameroonian footballer who played as centre-forward. He is the 1980 African Footballer of the Year.

Hans Agbo is a Cameroonian football coach and former international player who is the assistant coach of Algerian club MC Oran.

Benjamin Roger Massing was a Cameroonian footballer who played as a central defender. He played professionally for Diamant Yaoundé, Créteil in France, and Olympic Mvolyé. At international level, he played for the Cameroon national team which he represented at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

The most popular sport in Cameroon is football. The national team is traditionally one of the strongest teams on the African continent. They have participated in the World Cup 8 times, and in 1990 they reached the quarter-finals. It took extra time before England won the game 3–2. They have also won the African Cup of Nations 5 times as well as winning Olympic gold in Sydney in 2000. Among the most famous players are Roger Milla, Thomas N'Kono and Samuel Eto'o.

Francis Idriss Ambane Moubourou is a Cameroonian professional footballer, who last played for Gokulam Kerala FC in the I-League.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Patrick Ekeng</span> Cameroonian footballer (1990–2016)

Patrick Claude Ekeng Ekeng was a Cameroonian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He had two international caps for his country's national team, whom he represented at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Jean-Paul Akono is a Cameroonian football coach and former player.

Charles Léa Eyoum is a Cameroonian retired professional football player and manager. A forward, he competed for the Cameroon national football team at the 1972 African Cup of Nations.

Marthe Yolande Ongmahan is a Cameroonian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for AWA Yaoundé and the Cameroon women's national team.


  1. "Condoléances à la suite du décès de Théophile Abéga Mbida (Docteur Abéga)" (in French). Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  2. Appearances for Cameroon National Team
  3. Theophile Abega FIFA competition record (archived)
  4. 1 2 3 4 Wilson, Jonathon (27 November 2012). "Cameroon's Théophile Abega was so intelligent they called him the doctor". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  5. "Théophile Abega, footballeur, personnalité politique". 18 June 2012.
  6. 1 2 Gleeson, Mark (15 November 2012). "Former African Footballer of the Year Abega dies aged 58". Reuters.
  7. Οι 200 κορυφαίοι Αφρικανοί (in Greek). 25 October 2006.