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African players who died on the pitch whiles playing

On Monday, 5th June 2017, the world of soccer received a blow when it was announced Cheick Tiote, the former Ivorian Newcastle midfielder had died in China on the field of play during a training session.

This was really sad but this will not be the first time we are hearing of this. There have been many cases where players died on the field of play.

So we decided to look back in time and bring to you all the African players who died on the field, so without much ado, here are 10 African players who died on the field of play.

1. Samuel Okwaraji (1964 – 1989)

He’s a Nigerian footballer who collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola on August 12, 1989, at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State.

Before his death, he was also a qualified lawyer who had a Masters In Law from the University Of Rome.

2. Marc-Vivien Foe (1975 – 2003)

The Cameroonian professional footballer collapsed while playing in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final between his country and Colombia, and died shortly afterwards in hospital on June 26, 2003.

3. Moise Brou Apanga (1982 – 2017)

The Ivory Coast-born Gabonese football defender died on April 26, 2017, having suffered a heart attack while training with his club side FC 105 Libreville.

4. Ben Idrissa Derme (1982-2016)

He was a Burkinabe international footballer who played as a centre-half. He died on September 11, 2016, following a heart attack during the 2016–17 Coupe de France match.

5. Patrick Claude Ekeng Ekeng (1990 – 2016)

He played as a defensive midfielder for Cameroonian national team. He had brief spells in Switzerland, Spain, and Romania, where he died on May 6, 2016, after collapsing in a match for Dinamo București.

6. David Faramola Oniya (1985 – 2015)

The Nigerian footballer played for Malaysia Premier League club T-Team as a defender.

He died on June 13, 2015, after collapsing on the pitch in Malaysia during a friendly between his club and Kelantan.

7. Emmanuel Ogoli (1989 – 2010)

He was a Nigerian professional footballer who played as a left back. On December 12, 2010, the former Bayelsa United and Ocean Boys player collapsed on the pitch while playing for Ocean Boys, and died later in hospital.

8. Victor Omogbehin (1988 – 2010)

The 22-year-old Nigerian collapsed during a league match on August 18, 2010. He played in the Isthmian Football League game from Ilford F.C. against the Lowestoft Town FC.

9. Endurance Idahor (1984 – 2010)

Endurance Idahor was a Nigerian football player who played for Sudanese club Al-Merreikh. On 6 March 2010, Idahor collapsed during a league game and later died on his way to the hospital.

10. Cheick Tiote (1986 – 2017)

Cheick Ismaël Tioté was an Ivorian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. Formed at FC Bibo in his hometown of Yamoussoukro, he made his professional debut in 2005 with Belgium’s Anderlecht.

He died on 5th June 2017, during a training session with his new club in Beijing, China, after suffering probable cardiac arrest.

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