Footballers betrayed their emotions as they attended the memorial service of their colleague and friend, former Newcastle United midfielder, late Cheick Tiote.
Amongst them are Papiss Cisse who played together with Tiote at Newcastle United, and Chinese club mates.
Tiote died on Monday, June 5 in China after collapsing in training with Beijing Enterprises which he joined in February 2017.
Former teammates of the late midfielder attended his memorial service in Beijing which held on Tuesday, June 13.
Cisse who now plays his football with Shandong Luneng Taishan F.C. in China was inconsolable during the memorial.
“I lived some extraordinary moments with this man and today he’s gone,” Cisse said at the memorial.
Ivory Coast former teammates of Tiote are expected to attend a memorial service which will hold in his home country on Thursday, June 15.
According to the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) Tiote’s body will arrive back in the Ivory Coast on Thursday.
“The body Tiote Cheick Ismael will arrive on Thursday, June 15 at 13:50 (GMT) at Abidjan International Airport,” the IFF said in a statement.
Tiote had 52 caps for ‘The Elephants’ and played in two World Cups in 2010 and 2014.