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Cheick Tiote Ivory Coast players carry casket of late midfielder

Bony and a host of other players carried the casket on their shoulders when Tiote's body arrived Ivory Coast.

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Cheick Tiote's coffin play Wilfried Bony and other players carrying the casket of Cheick Tiote (REUTERS)

Distraught Ivory Coast players were on hand at the Port Bouet Airport in Abidjan to carry the casket of their late colleague Cheick Tiote.

Tiote on Monday, June 5 died after collapsing due to suspected heart attack during a training session with his club Beijing Enterprises in China.

On Thursday, June 15, his body arrived his home country where he will be finally laid to rest.

Wilfried Bony play Wilfried Bony (AFP/Getty Images)

 

Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony and a host of former teammates of Tiote with Ivory Coast national team carried the casket on their shoulders as they made their way out of the airport.

Bony wore a t-shirt which had Tiote’s face on it.

Wilfried Bony and other players carry casket of Cheick Tiote play Wilfried Bony and other players carrying the casket of Cheick Tiote (REUTERS)

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President of the Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) Augustin Sidy Diallo and former national team coach Herve Renard were in attendance.

A memorial service has been held for the late midfielder in China which his former Newcastle United teammate Papiss Cisse attended.

Herve Renard play Herve Renard at the memorial of Cheick Tiote in Ivory Coast (AFP/Getty Images)

 

Cisse could not hide his tears at the service to honour his former teammate.

Tiote made 55 appearances for Ivory Coast and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning side.

He played for the likes of Anderlecht, Roda JC, Twente and Newcastle United.

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