Former Newcastle midfielder, Tiote, dies

Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 after collapsing during training in China. In his seven years at United the Cote d’Ivoire player made over 150 appearances, including three last season. He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises from Newcastle in February. “It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training,” said spokesman Emanuele Palladino. “We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We…

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Abubakar Momoh, DG INEC Institute, dies

Prof. Abubakar Momoh, Director General of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Institute is dead. Momoh died in the early hours of yesterday. Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, who confirmed this, said he has been buried in Auchi, Edo State. Oyekanmi said he was not sure if Prof. Momoh had been sick, adding, “we saw him last week. “He has been buried according to what I heard. He was buried in Auchi.” Momoh was an activist. Before his appointment as DG of the INEC Institute, he was…

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Former Nigerian-born England defender, Ehiogu, dies

Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday. A Spurs statement said Ehiogu died in hospital in the early hours of Friday. Ehiogu, who was Spurs’ Under-23s coach, was capped four times by England. “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” said Tottenham’s head of coaching and development John McDermott. “Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.” Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between…

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