The trainer passed away on Wednesday, 10 September 2014, at a private clinic in Calabar, after falling ill. He was 67.
“On behalf of the CAF Executive Committee and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the bereaved family and the Nigerian football family. My thoughts are with you at this difficult moment,” Hayatou said.
He was also at the helm of the Nigeria U-20 Women’s team, Falconets, that participated at the maiden FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2002.
Locally, he is fondly remembered for his stints with Pelican Stars [a women’s football club based in the Cross River State, south-eastern part of Nigeria] where they won series of the titles in the national championships.