Former Ivorien national team player and former Newcastle of England player, Chick Tiote is dead.
Cheick Ismaël Tioté was born on the 21st of June 1986 in Yamoussoukro. He was an Ivorien footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast national team. He died today while training with his last club, Beijing Enterprises.
He started out playing barefoot street football at the age of 10, not owning a pair of boots until he was 15. He began his career with the Ivorien minor league side FC Bibo. In an interview with Evening Chronicle, Tioté said he has nine brothers and sisters.
Growing up in Abidjan, he revealed he gave up his studies at a young age, stating that, “Football has always been the biggest thing to me. Growing up in Abidjan, I knew what I wanted to do and made sure that this was going to be my life. But I worked and worked and worked for it and it is because of that hard work that I have managed to make it.”
Tioté was a devout Muslim and observed fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan. He has two children with his first wife, Madah. During his time at Newcastle United, the couple lived in the village of Ponteland in Northumberland, and were married some time before his move to Newcastle.
On 29 September 2014, it was reported by the Newcastle Chronicle that Tioté had married a second wife, Laeticia Doukrou, in the capital of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan. The marriage had taken place before the start of the season. His agent Jean Musampa, confirmed the marriage to the local newspaper.
Musampa said, “I can say that he did get married and that it is his second marriage.” Shortly afterwards, it was reported that he ended things with his mistress with whom he has a child. In February 2014, Tioté launched a men fashion line called TIC, with designer Yusuf Abubakar.
The world came to an end for midfield general this morning when collapsed and died in Beijing, China after suffering from a heart attack in training.
African Footballers that have died from cardiac arrests while playing:
– Samuel Okwaraji (Nigeria)
– Amir Angwe (Nigeria)
– Hedi Berkhissa (Tunisia)
– John Ikoroma (Nigeria)
– Bobsam Elejiko (Nigeria)
-Mudasiru Lawal (Nigeria)
– Endurance Idahor (Nigeria)
– Chinonso Ihelwere Henry (Nigeria)
– Victor Omogbehin (England)
– Marc-Viven Foe (Cameroon)
– Mohammed Abdelwahab (Egypt)
– Chaswe Nsofwa (Nigeria)
– Guy Tchingoma (Gabon)
– Orobosan Adun (Nigeria)
– Sekou Camara (Mali)
– Shetemi Ayetigbo (Ireland)
– David Oniya (Nigeria)
– Kodjo Etonam Adjassou (Togo)
– Bart Opoku (Ghana)
– Benjamin Owusu (Ghana)
– Mohamed Lemine M’Boye (Tanzania)
– Ambrose Wleh (Liberia)
– Patrick Ekeng (Cameroon)
-Saka Azeez Lasisi (Nigeria)
-Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast)
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