Cheick Tiote was laid to rest in Abidjan yesterday. Tiote died aged 30 after collapsing during training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.
The former Newcastle United midfielder was honoured with a military funeral with a host of dignitaries and players in attendance. His body was flown back home to Ivory Coast from China earlier this week.
hundreds of people, including former Elephants coach Herve Renard, were at Abidjan’s international airport to receive Tiote’s body on Thursday.
Cheick Tiote won more than 50 caps for his country and was part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
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A number of his former team-mates attended the funeral, including Germany-based striker Salomon Kalou who said he, like so many others, was left devastated by the news of his death.”He’s someone I respected as a human being but also as a football player,” Kalou told BBC Sport.
“I played six years with him in the national team and I played against him with Chelsea when he was at Newcastle, so we had a good relationship and I couldn’t miss this funeral for anything in the world.