International

Tiote's body flown back to Ivory Coast

2017-06-12 22:30
Cheick Tiote (AFP)

Abidjan - Cheick Tiote's body will arrive back in the Ivory Coast on Thursday where tributes will be paid to the international by his former team-mates, the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) said on Monday.

Tiote - who was a member of the Ivory Coast squad that ended a 23-year drought by winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - died on June 5 aged 30 years after 'suddenly fainting' during a training session with his second-tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

"The body Tiote Cheick Ismael will arrive on Thursday, June 15 at 13:50 (GMT) at Abidjan International Airport," the IFF said in a statement.

Tiote had 52 caps for 'The Elephants' and played in two World Cups in 2010 and 2014.

The national team returned to Abidjan on Monday after an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying defeat to Guinea and presented their condolences to the player's family.

Tiote had only joined the Chinese team in February after a seven-year stay with Newcastle United.

Read more on:    cheick tiote  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The pride of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have combined once again to form the British & Irish Lions. Their mission? Victory over the world champion All Blacks in their own back yard. How will their three-test series pan out? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.