Kossi Koudagba: Togolese striker dies at 25 after contracting malaria

Kossi Koudagba: Togolese striker dies at 25 after contracting malaria

- Kossi Koudagba won the top scorer of the Togolese league for two straight season

- The striker went home after the league was suspended due to coronavirus

- Koudagba died after falling ill with malaria symptoms

Togolese striker Kossi Kuodagba who went back home due to the lockdown has reportedly died in his home country after falling ill with malaria.

The ASC Kara striker finished the Togolese season as top scorer for two years in a row helping his club to win the league also in 2019.

He left Kara with the season suspended because of coronavirus to stay with relatives in Devie, says the BBC.

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It was gathered that the 25-year-old contracted malaria while in the country’s capital Lome and then fell ill and died.

Kossi Koudagba: Togolese striker dies at the age of 25 after contracting malaria
Kossi Koudagba dies from malaria. Photo Credit: Bonface Osano (Twitter)
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Jean-Marie Eloh, manager of ASC Kara, said: "His only concern was to put the ball at the back of the net and he was doing that very, very well."

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The Togo FA released a statement which read: "In these painful circumstances, the Executive Committee of the FTF wish to salute the memory of the player, whose qualities on and off the field are known to all.

"The FTF Executive Committee would like, on behalf of Togolese football, to express our deepest condolences and express our feelings of sympathy to the family of the deceased, loved ones, the ASCK club, as well as the staff and players of the Togo national team."

Koudagba was set to join Tunisian side US Tataouine last year but failed his medical because of heart problems.

He made three appearances for the national team and was named in the squad for last year's Africa Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that tragedy struck in Warri, Delta state on Monday, June 15, as Nigerian football star Erhire Akpoyovwire Felix died after he reportedly battled an unknown illness for some time.

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It was gathered that the former Warri Wolves striker who was a cult hero for Nigerian National League side J.Atete had been down with illness.

Manager of Heartland football club Fidelis Ilechukwu described Erhire’s death as unfortunate, adding that he spoke with the player about twenty-four hours before he heard the sad news of his death.

“We spoke on Sunday and he told me he was still very sick, not until I heard that he passed away on Monday. He was buried today (Friday, June 19),” the former MFM FC of Lagos manager told Legit.ng on phone.

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