Emmanuel Adebayor among mourners at Togo international Kossi Koudagba funeral
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Emmanuel Adebayor among mourners at Togo international Kossi Koudagba funeral

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor was among hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral of fallen Togolese striker Kossi Koudagba.

Koudagba died suddenly on June 18 after a short illness and was interred in his home village on June 27.

Adebayor eulogised the fallen as a great talent and a legend in the making.

“It was an emotional day for me. Kossi Koudagba was a very talented young player with whom I had the chance to play with. He was the twice top scorer in Division 1 and played an exceptional role in winning the first title for his club, ASCK. In him, I saw a lot of talent and I saw the future of Togolese football. I even projected it in the biggest European clubs. It was with great shock that I learned that he left us, ” he mourned.

Koudagba played as a striker for ASC Kara of the Togolese Championnat National and the Togo national team.

He played for Espoir FC Tsévié in the 2016–17 Togolese 2nd Division. Since then, he has played with ASCK in the Togolese Championnat National. In November 2018, he was called up to the Togo National Team for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Algeria. Koudagba made his international debut in July 2019, featuring for the full duration of a 2020 African Nations Championship qualifier with Benin in Porto-Novo. He died on 18 June 2020 from a short illness at the age of 24.

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