Gyan, Pienaar, Abraham & Wanyama lead tributes as African football mourns Cheick Tiote

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The great and good of African football took to social media on Monday to pay tribute to the late midfielder

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.

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I'm devastated and saddened by the death of my bro Cheick Tiote . May Allah grant you Jannah (heaven) Gone too soon

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