Cheick Tiote Ivory Coast players attend funeral of late midfielder

Kolo Toure, Bony, Salomon Kalou and a host of other Ivory Coast players attended the funeral of Tiote.

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Cheick Tiote's funeral play The funeral of Cheick Tiote held in Ivory Coast over the weekend (AFP/Getty Images)
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Ivory Coast players and one-time teammates of Cheick Tiote were present at the funeral of the late midfielder.

Tiote died earlier in June after suffering a heart attack in a training session with his Chinese club, Beijing Enterprises.

After a memorial service in Beijing, the late midfielder’s body was flown back to Ivory Coast where his funeral held.

Solomon Kalou, Kolo Toure, Wilfried Bony play Solomon Kalou, Kolo Toure, Wilfried Bony (Reuters)

 

His friends and former teammates like Kolo Toure, Wilfried Bony and Salomon Kalou were present at the funeral which held on Sunday, June 19.

Kolo Toure play Kolo Toure (REUTERS)

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When his body arrived Ivory Coast, the likes of Bony was pictured helping to carry the casket at the Port Bouet Airport in Abidjan.

Full military honours were bestowed on Tiote at the funeral service which was also attended by former Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.

Kolo Toure play Kolo Toure (REUTERS)

 

Ivory Coast prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly as well as several members of the government, and Ivorian football federation officials were also in attendance.

Boubacar Barry play

Boubacar Barry

( REUTERS)

 

The coffin of the former Newcastle United midfielder was covered with Ivory Coast’s orange, white and green flag.

His body was first taken to a mosque in the district of Riviera Golf where prayers were held.

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