Football mourns sudden loss of Cameroon footballer Modeste M’Bami from a heart attack aged 40

Image of Cameroon international footballer Modeste M'Bami. Credit: [email protected]_English

Cameroon international footballer Modeste M’Bami, the former PSG, Olympique Marseille and Almeria star passed away in France, aged 40, after suffering a heart attack.


Cameroon international footballer Modeste M’Bami, who played for Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Marseille and Almeria among others, passed away today, Saturday, January 7. He died in the French city of Le Havre at the age of 40 from a heart attack.

His death was confirmed on the website of PSG, the club he played for between 2003 and 2006. The Cameroon midfielder joined the Ligue 1 giants in 2003 after playing for Kadji Sports Academy and Dynamo Douala in Cameroon. Between 2009 and 2011, M’Bami also played for Almeria in Spain.

A tweet from PSG read: “@PSG_English learned with deep sadness of the passing of our former player Modeste M’Bami. The Club offers its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones”.

M’Bami made his name at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, scoring a golden goal in the quarter-finals against the favourites, Ronaldinho’s Brazil.

In Paris, M’Bami became a regular in the team, winning two French Cups in 2004 and 2006. After a long absence due to a serious injury he received against CSKA Moscow on December 7, 2004, he returned to the starting line-up in 2005-2006.

That was his third season in the French capital, after which the player opted to leave Paris and sign for Olympique de Marseille, where he spent another three years.

He then travelled to Spain to play for Almeria for two seasons, before leaving to play for Chinese side Changchun Yatai. Moving to a different part of the footballing world, M’Bami played in Saudi Arabia for Al-Ittihad between 2012 and 2013.

In 2014 he signed for Millonarios in Colombia, before returning to France with Le Havre in Ligue 2. He ended his professional career in 2016, at the age of 35.

Back in Cameroon, M’Bami organised recruitment days for young African players before returning once again to France, to Le Havre, where he died today.


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