Saddened to learn of the death of former Celt Landry Nguemo

We are all saddened to hear the terrible news today of the passing of former Celtic star Landry Nguemo.

 Landry N’Guemo of Celtic tackles Cesc Fabregas of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League qualifying match between Celtic and Arsenal at Celtic Park on August 18, 2009. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The Cameroon Football Federation released a statement confirming the tragic loss of life:

“The Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) has just learned the tragic news of the passing of former Indomitable Lion Landry Nguemo in a traffic accident.

“Nguemo, who was a key player for the Cameroonian national team from 2006 to 2014 and a former member of Girondins de Bordeaux, will be remembered for his contributions to football.

“FECAFOOT extends its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the entire football community.”

Landry N’Guemo of Celtic (R) during the Scottish Premier league match between St Mirren and Celtic on September 26, 2009. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Celtic also released a statement on Landry Nguemo’s passing:

“Everyone at Celtic Football Club is shocked and saddened at the news of Landry Nguemo’s passing at the young age of 38.

“The Cameroonian midfielder joined Celtic on loan from French side Nancy in the summer of 2009. He made over 43 appearances for the Celts before returning to his parent club in 2010. He was also capped over 40 times for Cameroon throughout the course of his career.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic Football Club are with Landry’s family and friends at this sad time.”

The Celtic Wiki provides this insight into Landry Nguemo’s time at Celtic…

“I joined because Celtic is a big club and it was a pleasure to know that Celtic wanted me,”Landry N’Guemo

 Landry NGuemo of Celtic (L)  during the Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on 3 January 3, 2010. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Landry made his Celtic debut with an impressive performance in a pre-season friendly at Cardiff City on 22 July 2009, and his competitive debut came a week later at Parkhead when the Hoops lost 1-0 to Dynamo Moscow in a Champions League qualifier. Seven days later, he would produce a Man Of The Match performance as the Hoops recorded an excellent 2-0 victory in Moscow to progress to the next qualifying round. Things looked to be good for Landry.

Naturally, Landry took time to settle into his new surroundings, and by the time he departed for the African Nations Cup in January 2010, he had already established himself as a popular player with the Parkhead support. His initial performances in the middle of the park were becoming a standout in what was admittedly a torrid time for Celtic.

Both energetic and efficient, the Cameroon ace generally worked the midfield well. Hard-working and determined, Landry would frequently break up opposition attacks, while his simple but smart distribution meant he rarely wasted a pass.

May he rest in peace.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

1 Comment

  1. RIP Landry. A brilliant player, gone but never forgotten. Once a Celt, always a Celt.
    Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. YNWA.
    May God bless and always protect you my friend.