Egypt: CAF president mourns late Ivorian international, Cheik Tioté

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - "The reputation of African football, its notoriety, are made by players like him be it on the continent or outside. His death is a shock, especially when one considers the conditions. My thoughts are with his family, his teammates and with all the football family in Côte d'Ivoire," the words of the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, while eulogising Ivorian international footballer Cheik Tiote, who died on Monday in China.

Tiote died at the age of 30 while training with his team, Beijing Enterprises, as announced by his club in a statement.

Tioté, winner of the African Cup of Nations in 2015 with Côte d'Ivoire, was transferred to China in February, from Newcastle United in England which he played for over seven years.

Tioté, who arrived in Newcastle in 2010 from FC Twente (1st Division in Netherlands), played for Newcastle 161 times and scored just a goal.

A member of the Ivorian national team during the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, 52 caps, Tioté started his European career in Anderlecht before moving to Twente in 2008
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