Only black Fridays have been memorable in world history but Monday, June 5 2017 was equally a sad day for the entire football world as one of the brightest Ivorian stars and African representative abraod, Cheick Tiote, kicked the bucket.
The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF also took out time time to dondole with the families of the late footballer on twitter.
“Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté – our condolences are with the Ivorian Football family, his family and friends.” – NFF.
The former Newcastle United player was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed on the training ground of his Chinese team, Beijing Enterprises in China.
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Fellow Ivorians Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Newcastle United players and the football world took to Twitter to pay tribute to the midfielder.
His former manager Rafa Benitez described him as a professional, who was dedicated and talented.
“In the time I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated, talented and above all, a great man,” he said.
My brother Chiek. I cannot believe you are gone. I will never forget you. ?? pic.twitter.com/Ab1Q9VyWly
— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) June 5, 2017
— The NFF ?? (@thenff) June 5, 2017
No words ?????????????????? #cheicktiote
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) June 5, 2017
Rafa Benitez on Cheick Tiote: "In the time I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated, talented and above all, a great man." pic.twitter.com/nLuhR4E8KT
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) June 5, 2017
Everyone at the club is saddened to learn of the tragic death of Cheick Tiote. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/OLcZtBscBu
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 5, 2017
Rest In Peace, Cheick Tioté, my condolences to his family and friends ?? pic.twitter.com/ZDEXdG1rzt
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) June 5, 2017
One of the toughest midfielders Cheick Tiote dies at 30. He once scored this wonder goal against Arsenal pic.twitter.com/8RAAbn8xjR
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) June 5, 2017
Sad news! Cheick used to tell me how much he believed in me, had so much respect for him. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP "the beast". pic.twitter.com/sxMSNH9LaG
— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) June 5, 2017
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Cheick Tioté and our colleagues at #NUFC
Such sad news. https://t.co/TmNXuRGMcH
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) June 5, 2017
??? may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote ???
— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) June 5, 2017
Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté – our condolences are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/F6FvoNkna1
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 5, 2017
The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal are with the loved ones of Cheick Tiote
May he rest in peace pic.twitter.com/zEo5FF5lcE
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 5, 2017
Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté. The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with his friends and family at this extremely difficult time. pic.twitter.com/vjg6nxRwQx
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 5, 2017
Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté. An incredible competitor taken far too soon. pic.twitter.com/tMkyzc4OlE
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) June 5, 2017
— Premier League (@premierleague) June 5, 2017
We're saddened to learn of the tragic death of Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. ??? pic.twitter.com/pdKo6bCeI8
— Ghana FA ?? (@ghanafaofficial) June 5, 2017
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends & team-mates of Cheick Tiote, who passed away today in China, aged just 30. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/uqOV3oocIg
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) June 5, 2017
Devastated to hear the news about Cheick Tiote's death. RIP. ?? pic.twitter.com/iVBZozpJ4B
— Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) June 5, 2017