Thursday, 15 June 2017

Cheick Tiote’s Body Arrives Ivory Coast

Cheick Tiote’s body returned back to his native Ivory Coast on Thursday afternoon.
The former Newcastle star tragically passed away earlier this month after going into cardiac arrest during a training session at Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

Tiote tragically passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest

Tiote was just 30 at the time of his death and the football world has since united to pay tribute.

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony was just one of Tiote’s former Ivory Coast teammates who helped carry the coffin when it arrived at Abidjan airport.
Wilfried Bony helped carry the coffin as it arrived at Abidjan airport

According to BBC report, Tiote's family wants him buried in his home town Yamoussoukro but the Ivory Coast Football Federation prefers Abidjan.

Hundreds of mourners were also in attendance to begin their farewells, including former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho and one-time Paris Saint-Germain star Siaka Tiene.
A memorial service has already been held in Beijing
A private funeral will be held soon for close friends and family
A memorial service was held for Tiote two days ago, with close friend Papiss Cisse in tears as he spoke in Beijing.

Tiote was a big hit during his seven years at St James’ Park and was often linked with the Premier League’s top clubs.
Former Ivory Coast boss Herve Renard was also in attendance
 Former Ivory Coast boss Herve Renard was also in attendance
Magpies fans have now launched a petition to retire his No.24 shirt following 156 appearances on Tyneside.

 And ex-Chelsea star Didier Drogba dedicated his first goal for new club Phoenix Rising to Tiote’s memory.

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