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CAMEROON MOURNS FORMER DEFENDER BENJAMIN MASSING

Cameroon is mourning the passing away of former defender Benjamin Massing whose died on Sunday at the age of 55 years in the Cameroon City of  Edéa.

Massing, who played professionally for, among others, France’s US Créteil-Lusitanos,was picked up for Cameroon’s squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where he was sent off in the opening game for a foul on Argentina’s Claudio Caniggia, in a 1–0 shock win. This was later chosen as the worst tackle in the tournament.

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Massing also appeared in the quarter-final of the tournament but unfortunately Cameroon lost to England (2–3) where he was booked for conceding a penalty after he was judged committing a foul on Gary Lineker. Previously, in the match against Argentina, he had received another caution after bringing down Diego Maradona.

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Massing earned 21 international caps and also took part in three Africa Cup of Nations, including the 1992 edition while playing for Olympic Mvolyé.

Details of 55-year-old’s passing on Saturday are sketchy at this stage.

“Massing passed away on Saturday night. The family is shattered and it’s very difficult for them at this stage,” says a close source.

Massing retired from football after successful spells with France’s US Créteil-Lusitanos (1987–91).

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