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Last Updated: Monday, 30 June, 2003, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
How best should Foe be remembered?
Marc-Vivien Foe died after collapsing during the Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon

Got an opinion? Express it here. Each week we throw a different subject to let followers of African football have their say. Some of your views will be read on Fast Track - the BBC World Service's African sports programme.

This week the topic is:

What is the best tribute that can be given to Marc-Vivien Foe, the Cameroon midfielder who collapsed and died during the Confederations Cup in France?

Some have suggested that Cameroon should erect a statue in his memory or name a stadium after him. Others feel the government in Yaounde should also look after his family. But what do you think?

No matter how controversial your views may be, use the form on the right to have your say.


Cameroon's government should erect a statue in his memory and bear responsibility for his family because he died in active service and is a hero for Cameroon. His club in France should also build a statue in the stadium where he died.
Sorie J. Bayoh, Bamako, Mali

There should be a stadium named after him and the government should take over his funeral and the well-being of his family. Fecafoot should open a soccer academy in his name and a statue be erected at the site to represent a national hero. By doing this, other young players coming through the ranks will learn a great lesson from his death.
Oluwashina Okeleji, Nigeria

Marc died on national assignment. Naming a stadium after him will keep his memory alive in hearts of generations yet unborn. As for Fifa, the proposal to name the Confederations Cup after him is the best thing they can do to honour this fallen hero.
Zayyana Abba Abdullahi, Abuja, Nigeria

The Cameroonian goverment should bear the responsibilty for the family he left behind. Nothing will be too much for this son of Africa. He died wearing the colours of Cameroon and defending the African continent. The kind of sad stories that we heard about the treatment of the families of the departed Zambian players, as well as what happened to our own Sam Okwaraji, should not re-occur in this case. I am using this forum to plead with the Cameroonian government to make sure Foe's family is well taken care of, so that they will not feel his absence.
Ogugua Osakwe, Lagos Nigeria

I strongly think a statue should be erected in his memory in Cameroon´s capital of Yaounde and in Manchester City. Fifa should also name the Confederations Cup after him.
Francis Njinjoh, Germany

Cameroon´s National Stadium could change name to Marc-Vivien Foe Stadium. That would be nice.
Nasir, Somalia

Name a stadium? We do not have any that reflects the sacrifice this hero has made for his country. I think building a new stadium and naming it after this fallen hero will be the best way to pay off the huge debt of gratitude we as a nation owe Marc-Vivien Foe. Marc, we will always remember you.
Joachim Arrey, Ossing, Cameroon

Marc deserves everything that could immortalise his great personality! His death is similar to that of a General that fell in the middle of a battle while fighting for his country. Rest in Peace Marc!
Charles-Bruno Okpuruka, Toronto, Canada

The Yaounde Nsimalen airport should be named after him, because the stadium is already named after the late president.
Joe Fongum, Milwaukee, USA

Fifa ought to name the Confederations Cup the "Marc Vivien Foe Memorial Cup" in his honour. The President of Cameroon should name a street in his hometown or a stadium in his honour.
Willie Chopa, Kenya

For the reason that when death is glorious it is to be envied, I hold strongly that nothing will be too much for Cameroon to do in honouring this African football hero called Marc-Vivien Foe. Considering that his family home is close to the Amadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde and considering that he is a former president, I wouldn't crave naming the stadium after Foe. However, it would not be a bad idea if a part of the arena is named after the player; something like the 'Marc-Vivien Foe Stand'. In addition, a statue, as colossal as Foe during his life time, should be strategically erected outside the stadium in order that generations yet unborn in Cameroun may be reminded that there is honour in laying down one's precious life for one's country, as Foe did before the entire world in Lyon on Thursday 26 June 2003.
Afolabi Gambari, Lagos, Nigeria

Foe left us as one of the bravest Lions and always will be. For that his No. 17 Jersey shoul be retired (If Fifa would agree). It should be immortalised in stadiums around the country. And a new National stadium should be built and named in his honour. It would be right for the government to bear responsibility for his family for the next few years.
Heine Nzumafo, USA




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