Cheick Tiote’s body has been flown back to Ivory Coast the place an individual funeral for the Beijing agencies midfielder will happen.
Tiote, who was a member of the Elephants squad that gained the 2015 Africa Cup of nations, collapsed and died all the way through a training session along with his chinese membership final week.
On Tuesday there was once a memorial provider held within the chinese capital attended with the aid of domestic, pals and former staff-mates.
The BBC knows that Tiote’s domestic wants him buried in his home town Yamoussoukro however the Ivory Coast football Federation prefers Abidjan.
Manchester city forward Bony and different former team-mates of Tiote’s with the Ivory Coast nationwide group carried the casket on their shoulders.
Bony wore a t-shirt emblazoned with Tiote’s face – which learn ‘an elephant by no means dies’ in reference to the Ivory Coast nationwide team’s nickname.
a whole bunch of people, together with former Elephants tutor Herve Renard, had been at Abidjan’s global Airport to obtain Tiote’s physique on Thursday.
Kolo Toure, Gervinho and Siake Tiene had been also among the crowd.
Toure described the previous Newcastle United midfielder as “an excellent player, a warrior” and mentioned he was once “bowled over” by using his death aged 30.
Tiote suffered a suspected heart attack on June 5 throughout a training session with his former club Beijing organisations and later passed away.
There used to be a memorial provider for him held in Beijing on Tuesday which was attended via his ex-Newcastle crew-mate Papiss Cisse, who performs in China with Shandong Luneng.