Former Ivory Coast teammates of Cheick Tiote have attended his funeral service in the country’s capital of Abidjan.
The former Newcastle United midfielder passed away earlier this month after suffering a heart attack during a training session with his Chinese club, Beijing Enterprise.
Members of the Ivory Coast squad were present, including former international, Kolo Toure, Wilfried Bony and Salomon Kalou.
Tiote left Newcastle in February after nearly seven years at St James’ Park, during which time he made 156 appearances and scored one goal.
After a memorial service was held in Beijing earlier this week his body was flown back to Ivory Coast ahead of Sunday’s funeral.
Wilfried Bony was among the pallbearers as his coffin arrived last week Thursday.
Ex-Newcastle team-mate, Papiss Cisse, who plays for Shandong Luneng, paid tribute to Tiote during the memorial in China.
‘I lived some extraordinary moments with this man and today he’s gone,’ said Cisse at the service as he fought back tears.’
Beijing Enterprise players were also present at that service as they paid their respects to Tiote.
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