Cameroonian soccer legend Rigobert Song, 40, who was in serious condition after suffering a stroke, has awoken from the Coma and flown to France for further treatment, sources close to the family reported on Monday.
The former Indomitable Lions captain and head coach of the Chad senior national team was in a critical condition after suffering a cerebral aneurysm.
Song was at his home in the Odza neighbourhood in Yaounde when he had his stroke, and was rushed to hospital.
The footballing world was quick to show their support for Song.
Samuel Eto’o posted a picture of Song to Instagram with the caption: “I wish you a lot of courage and a speedy recovery big brother!”
Liverpool FC also posted a message of support.
Our thoughts are with Rigobert Song and his family at this time. pic.twitter.com/wIzoxrg8U3
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2016
The former captain of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon was hospitalised in Yaounde, where he was transferred on Monday evening in a medically equipped plane. He was off the oxygen ventilators and was breathing on his own.
Rigobert Song was at the emergency centre in Yaounde, from where he was evacuated to France for further management.
The powerful defender debuted for Cameroon in September 1993, when at the age of 17 he took part in the friendly match between the Indomitable Lions and Mexico in Los Angeles.
Song played 137 times for Cameroon and was a defender at Premier League clubs Liverpool and West Ham.