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EXTRA TIME: African stars mourn Fiorentina captain Davide Astori

22:56 GMT+3 04/03/2018
Davide Astori: 1987-2018
The continent's stars joined the rest of the world in paying tribute to the Italy international who passed away on Sunday morning

2017 African Player of the Year, Mohamed Salah led a team of African stars including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ahmed Hegazi, Andre Ayew, Keita Balde in expressing their condolences following Davide Astori’s tragic death at the age of 31.

The defender was found died in his hotel room in Udine on Sunday as the Viola prepare for their scheduled Serie A match with Udinese, which was later called off with all other Serie A fixtures.

Following the confirmation of his death by Fiorentina, the African players unite in mourning the Italy star who made 14 international appearances for the Azzurri.

Former Lazio forward and Senegal international Keita Balde wrote on his social media, "Rest in peace #RIP. Send condolences to the #astori family."

 

Riposa in pace🙏🏾 #RIP sentite condoglianze alla famiglia #astori

A post shared by Keita Balde (@keitabalde14) on Mar 4, 2018 at 3:30am PST

 

#RIP #Davide #Astori 🙏🏿

A post shared by Kessie Yannick Franck (@kessiefranck) on Mar 4, 2018 at 4:42am PST

 

RIP 😔

A post shared by Kwadwo Asamoah (@asamoahkwadwo) on Mar 4, 2018 at 5:53am PST

 

REST IN PEACE DAVIDE ASTORI 🙏🏽

A post shared by Jordan Ayew (@jordanayew9) on Mar 4, 2018 at 5:28am PST

Schalke 04's Amine Harit wrote, "Rest in peace Davide Astori."

 

Repose en paix Davide Astori 🙏🏼❤️🤦🏼‍♂️

A post shared by Amine Harit (@a.harit14) on Mar 4, 2018 at 5:26am PST

 

😩😩RIP ASTORI

A post shared by Andre Ayew "MOPAO" (@andreayew10) on Mar 4, 2018 at 7:39am PST

Torino midfielder Joel Obi posted, "Today is a sad day, it did not have to go like this. RIP warrior."

 

Oggi è un giorno triste, non doveva andare cosí. Rip guerriero

A post shared by Joel Obi (@joelobi22) on Mar 4, 2018 at 7:10am PST

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrote, "I met you a bit in Milan but I'm still upset. RIP Davide."

 

Ti ho conosciuto un po al milan sono comunque sconvolto RIP Davide 🙏🏽

A post shared by Aubameyang (@aubameyang97) on Mar 4, 2018 at 8:40am PST

Morocco international and Juventus defender Medhi Benatia posted, "All my condolences to the Astori family. How sad!!! Rest in peace champion."

 

Rest In Heaven 🙏🏼 #Astori 💜💜💜 #shocked

A post shared by Kevin Prince Boateng (@prince17) on Mar 4, 2018 at 3:14am PST

 

 

RIP My Friend 😞

A post shared by ahmed hegazy (@ahmedhegazy6) on Mar 4, 2018 at 3:56am PST

 

 

No words !! Rip Astori 😞

A post shared by Nnamdi Oduamadi Rip DAD💔💔💔 (@babyodu) on Mar 4, 2018 at 4:37am PST