Saturday, 22 July 2017
Tiote blunder unpardonable – Arhinful

Tiote blunder unpardonable – Arhinful


By Daniel ODURO
FORMER Black Stars striker, Augustine Arhinful, says the failure of the Confederations of African Football (CAF) in directing countries playing in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers to observe a minute silence for deceased Ivory Coast star, Cheick Tiote, is an unpardonable oversight.

A former Newcastle United midfielder, Cheick Tiote, died last Monday, June 5 after collapsing during training in China. The sad demise of the 30 year old sent shock waves across the globe.
Over the weekend there were several 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers across the continent and yet not even one country observed a minute silence or wore a black armband to pay respect for the former AFCON Champion.
Speaking on Football 360 on Kwese Sports, Arhinful said it was an unfortunate blunder from CAF.
“Honestly, it is bad oversight that should never happen. Tiote was a distinguished footballer and he deserved at least a minute silence during the games over the weekend. This should never happen again because it sends the wrong signals to players that they will not be celebrated and remembered when they are gone.”
Born in the Ivory Coast, Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
He began his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made 86 appearances and won the Eredivisie league title in the 2009-10 season under manager Steve McClaren.
Tiote, a defensive midfielder, then signed for Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m.
In February 2011, he scored a memorable goal as Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.
He joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.
Meanwhile, a memorial service was held at Chinese club Beijing Enterprises yesterday (Tuesday) for Tiote.
Tiote's family was there with his team-mates past and present.
Later today, (Wednesday, June 14), Tiote will be flown back home to the Ivory Coast.

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