Latin American football, and especially Panamanian football, is in mourning after learning of the death of former striker Luis Tejada, who was the top scorer in his team’s history and an important part of the Canaleros’ historic qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
According to the information provided, ‘the matador’, as he was nicknamed, was playing in a recreational league in the neighborhood of Santa Librada in Panama City when he suffered a sudden heart attack. A heart accident ended the life of the former player, who was only 43 years old.
On his journey, Tejada played professional soccer in his country and Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and the Arab Emirates. And with his compatriot Blas Pérez, they share the honor of being the top scorers in their team’s history.
Precisely, the Panamanian Football Federation expressed its condolences through social networks: “The Panamanian Football Federation deeply regrets the death of Luis Carlos ‘Matador’ Tejada Hansell. Historic scorer for the Panama national team, a fundamental part of the qualification for our first FIFA World Cup 2018, and synonymous with the development and evolution of football in our country.
“We express our most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the entire Panamanian soccer and sports family in general. We will never forget you, Matador! Rest in peace.
The different teams that Tejada played for also expressed their condolences, such as Envigado and his colleagues, in front of the team. Blas Pérez, with whom he formed an attacking duo for almost two decades between the sub-20, sub-23, and full categories, mourned his death.
“I miss you, my partner in attack, the famous 1-2, the walls, and the start. You are historic forever. Rest in peace, dear friend. Thank you for giving us the pleasure of knowing you and enjoying your friendship. You will always be in our hearts.” wrote ‘Ratón’, as Pérez was known.