Stephen Tataw

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Stephen Tataw
Personal information
Full name Stephen Tataw Eta
Date of birth (1963-03-31) 31 March 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Tonnerre Yaounde
1991–1994 Olympic Mvolyé
1994–1996 Tosu Futures
National team
1986–1994 Cameroon 43 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephen Tataw Eta (born March 31, 1963) is a Cameroonian former football (soccer) defender who captained the Cameroon national team at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

At the club level, he played with Tonnerre Yaounde from 1988 to 1991, and for Olympic Mvolyé from 1992 to 1994. He then joined Japanese side Tosu Futures where many viewed him as the first African-born professional player in Japan. While he was in Japan, he unsuccessfully tried to guide his club to the J-League, the top division.

He is probably best remembered as the captain of Cameroon during their historical run at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, where the team became the first African nation to reach quarterfinals.