The world of African football stood together in mourning on Monday in light of the tragic news that Cote d’Ivoire midfielder Cheick Tiote had passed away in China.
Only four months after joining Beijing Enterprises, the 30-year-old is understood to have died after collapsing during a training session.
Tiote, who was a Nations Cup winner with the Elephants in 2015, represented Anderlecht, Roda JC and FC Twente before joining Newcastle United in 2010.
He spent seven years with the Magpies before moving to the Far East in February.
Former teammates and opponents alike paid tributes to the tenacious operator, as the world of African football comes to terms with another significant loss.
Rest in peace Tiote — Tammy abraham (@tammyabraham) June 5, 2017
Really sad news. RIP Cheick Tiote — king David Accam (@iamdavidaccam) June 5, 2017
So sad to hear about the death of Cheick Tiote. May his soul Rest In Peace. — Emmanuel Okwi (@EmmanuelOkwi) June 5, 2017
Very said to hear about the pass away of Cheik Tiote. May Allah grant you el Jannah i Will always remember our challenge on the pitch — Youssouf Mulumbu (@mulumbuofficial) June 5, 2017
RIP Cheick Tiote— Chris Mavinga (@Chris_Mavinga) June 5, 2017