The death of former Cote d’Ivoire midfielder, Cheick Tiote, has now being confirmed after the initial speculations on Monday morning. The player reportedly collapsed and died while training with his second tier Chinese club, Beijing Enterprises on Monday.
British news agency, Reuters, reports that the late player’s agent had issued a statement confirming the death. .
“It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises,” agent Emanuele Palladino told Sky Sports.
Tiote played for English club Newcastle United for seven years before moving to China in February.
He was in the squad that lost to Nigeria in the quarterfinals of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. He was however an African Nations Cup winner with the Ivorians in 2015 although he missed the final through injury and he played in the 2010 and 21014 World Cups.