Panamanian Football Mourns The Loss Of Luis "Matador" Tejada, National Hero And Top Scorer
Panamanian football mourns the loss of Luis "Matador" Mejada, national hero and top scorer, as the former Panama striker passed away at the age of 41. Luis "Matador" Tejada played a pivotal role in securing Panama's historic qualification for the 2018 World Cup.Jan 30, 20244504 Shares69299 Views
Panamanian footballmourns the loss of Luis "Matador" Mejada, national hero and top scorer, as the former Panama striker passed away at the age of 41. Luis "Matador" Tejada played a pivotal role in securing Panama's historic qualification for the 2018 World Cup. The Panamanian FootballFederation (FEPAFUT) announced the tragic news on Sunday, leaving the footballcommunity in mourning.
Tejada's untimely demise occurred while he was participating in a veterans' game on the outskirts of Panama City. Reports indicate that he collapsed during the match, prompting immediate attention.
He was swiftly transported to a nearby clinic, where medical professionals pronounced him dead, casting a somber shadow over the footballfraternity. FEPAFUT expressed heartfelt condolences for the loss of Tejada, acknowledging his profound impact on the development and evolution of footballin Panama.
The federation commemorated the striker's contributions, especially his instrumental role in guiding Panama to its inaugural World Cup appearance in 2018.
Synonymous with development and footballin our country. We express our sincere condolences. We will never forget you, Matador.- Panamanian Football Federation (FEPAFUT)
Luis "Matador" Tejada was more than a prolific striker; he was a national hero. With 108 appearances for the national team, he holds the record as Panama's top scorer, notching an impressive 43 goals.
His significant goals, particularly in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying, played a pivotal role in Panama's qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
The sudden loss reverberated across the footballcommunity, eliciting messages of grief and disbelief. Blas Pérez, a former teammate who shared the attacking front with Tejada, posted a heartfelt message on X along with a picture of the pair holding hands.
I don't believe it, my partner left.- Blas Pérez, a former teammate
Panama qualified for the 2018 World Cup automatically after finishing third in the fifth round, thanks to two goals scored by Tejada in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying.
The United States men's team, which hadn't qualified for the World Cup in 32 years, came in second, behind Panama by a single point and two spots.
While Panama caused some problems for Tunisia in their first group match in Russia, the North African side rallied to win 2-1.
Following their 6-1 loss to England and their 3-0 loss to Belgium, Panama was eliminated from the group stage.
Luis "Matador" Tejada's sudden departure has left a void in Panamanian football, robbing the community of a beloved figure.
As tributes pour in, his legacy as a goal-scoring maestro and a driving force behind Panama's World Cup dream will endure, ensuring that the impact of the "Matador" on the beautiful game remains eternally celebrated.