Social media has been flooded with tributes to Burundi international Faty Papy, who collapsed during a game between his Eswatini side Malanti Chiefs and Green Mamba.
Prior to Thursday's collapse, Faty was said to be battling a heart condition and had his stay with Bidvest Wits cut short due to his health issues.
However, the sudden demise comes as a shock to the footballing world across the continent with the 2019 Afcon less than two months away.
Papy Faty was the guy who unintentionally injured me the first time I injured my knee in a Telkom QF vs Wits when I was only 23, I remember him messaging me after the game apologizing, wishing me all the best & said he will pray for me.— Keagan Buchanan (@keagan_buchanan) April 25, 2019
Rest In Peace Faty Papy.#fatypapy— Alp (@phntm_024) April 25, 2019
RIP Papy Faty - good player, but an even better person 🙏🏻 https://t.co/Htl1NI7AoU— Keegan Wasserfall (@keegan_siyavuma) April 25, 2019
R.I.P. Papy Faty 💔. Gone too soon! pic.twitter.com/ieejg8AGmP— Miss Lee⚽👠 (@TheeMissLee) April 25, 2019
The Burundi international has sadly passed away at the age of 28.— Lwazi Ntanga (@LN_NTANGA17) April 25, 2019
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult period. #RIP Papy Faty 🇧🇮
Papy Faty 💔 rest easy king! ⚽— Kgothatso (@makgati12) April 25, 2019
Papy Faty😥 goodbye soldier👏— Wesley Maswanganyi (@Gaddwes) April 25, 2019
Sad to hear of the passing of Papy Faty was a pleasure playing alongside him... May his soul rest in paradise thoughts and prayers with the Faty family 🙏🏽— Daine Klate (@Klatey7) April 25, 2019