By Donald Magomere/Agencies
Ivory Coast midfielder and former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China.
In his seven years at Newcastle United the Ivory Coast player made over 150 appearances, including three last season. Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises from Newcastle in February.
“It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino.
“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”
The Chinese second flight club confirmed his death at the age of 30 on its Weibo social media account, saying the former Twente Enschede and Newcastle United midfielder had “fainted without any warning” during training.
“He was rushed to hospital immediately. However, all revival measures proved ineffective and he died around 7pm on June 5, 2017. The club has already contacted his family,” it read.
“Since joining the team, he had made an outstanding contribution to the club and won praise from the club, the coaching team and his team mates with his superb skills and professionalism.
“Beijing BG football club expresses our deepest sorrow following Mr Tiote’s passing.”
Born in the Ivory Coast, Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
He began his career in Belgium playing for Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente. He made 86 appearances for them and won the 2009-2010 Dutch top league title with them. Tiote joined Newcastle United in 2010 for 3.5million pounds, where he spent seven years making over 150 appearances for them and scoring one goal which was an equalizer against Arsenal in February 2011 as Newcastle came back from 4-0 to draw with the ‘Gunners’. He joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.
In February 2011, he scored a memorable goal as Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.
His former teammates expressed their condolences on social media. Also, tributes are still flowing in social media, facebook and twitter over the demise of the professional footballer who showed his prowess in the pitch
Rest in Peace Cheick Tiote.