Moise Brou Apanga, a Gabonese footballer of Ivorian origin died on Wednesday during a training session, the football association has disclosed.
The 35-year-old was a member of the Gabonese club, FC 105, and was said to have succumbed to a heart attack, according to the Football Federation (FEGAFOOT). The association said the country had lost a brave son who defended the national flag.
Members of the football fraternity have been paying tributes on the demise of the former national team player who represented the Panthers in two successive African Cup of Nations – 2010 and 2012.
We played together, we played against each other! Anyway it was always a pleasure to be by your side. Rest in peace my brother, Moïse Brou Apanga.
Gabon’s biggest football export and current skipper, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang used his social media accounts to mourn his former colleague.
He posted a message on Twitter and Instagram in French, a translation of which was: ‘‘We played together, we played against each other! Anyway it was always a pleasure to be by your side. Rest in peace my brother, Moïse Brou Apanga.’‘
Ex-Gabonese national team coach, Alain Giresse, also paid tribute to Apanga, “I made him get his naturalization when he was Ivorian, he played in the country and I then helped him to join Brest – (a lower division French side)” … “It is really terrible, it is not possible,” he added.
Sunderland and Gabonese midfielder Didier Ndong also wrote on social media, ‘‘I take this moment to tell you that I’ll be thinking about you every minute of this match – rest in peace big brother,” the match in question was Sunderland versus Middlesborough.
The player opted for Gabonese citizenship and represented his new nation for the first time in 2007. He then competed in two AFCONs. On the club side, he has stints with French side, Brest – he joined in 2008. In 2012, he canceled his contract with the Breton club to return home and play for FC 105.
Death of African players while in action
September 11, 2016: Burkina Faso international Ben Idrissa Dermé died in a French Cup match between his club AJ Biguglia and Furiani, in the 5th division of France.
On May 5, 2016, Cameroonian international Patrick Ekeng died under the same conditions during a meeting between his club Dinamo Bucharest and Viitorul Constanta in Romania.
Two days later, it was Djomnang Jeanine Christelle, goalkeeper of the Femina Stars team from Ebolowa of Cameroon who died in a warm-up session.
26 June 2003: The most publicized of such deaths was that of Cameroonian international, Marc-Vivien Foé, who died on during the FIFA Confederations Cup match.