Sunday Jun 28, 2020. 14:00
Former Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips has paid tribute to the late, great Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe.
The Indomitable Lions player collapsed and died from a heart issue during the semifinal of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup between Cameroon and Colombia.
Foe was a teammate of SWP at Manchester City in the 2002-03 season (when he was on loan from French side Olympique Lyon). The midfielder made 38 appearances across all competitions and scored nine goals.
“He was the most amazing man I met as a young lad growing up,” Wright-Phillips told the official Manchester City website.
“He was so soft, humble, and whenever I needed help or a bit of guidance, he was one of the people that was always there for me.
“And as a player, he was just a beast. He was a big unit, he carried himself well, tackled, and he played good football. You could see that he was moving onto the next level.”
Another former teammate of Foe at City, Kevin Horlock, remembered the former Lens midfielder as a player who brightened the Citizens’ dressing room with his beaming smile.
“He was a great athlete, a great footballer and even more than that, a great bloke. He was a fair, old size and he covered every blade of grass,” said Horlock.
“He did a lot of my running and he took some stopping. He was one of those players who gave everything and the fans loved that and so did the players.
“I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of him where he doesn’t have a big smile on his face. He made the changing room a better place.”