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Former Gabon international Moïse Brou Apanga dead at 35

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Gabon defender , 35, died on Wednesday April 26th from a heart attack, the Gabonese football federation have confirmed.

Apanga was having full training with his club, FC 105 Liberville, when he collapsed and died.

A statement was released by Gabonese Football Federation, FegaFoot, stating that Brou Apanga suffered a cardiac arrest during a training session with his current club.

The statement reads – “The country has lost a valiant son who has always given the best of himself to the Gabonese flag”

“All our condolences to the biological and sporting family of Moïse and our eternal gratitude for the services that he’s rendered to the Gabonese football”

The Ivory Coast-born centre-back played in Europe with French side Brest and Perugia and Brescia in Italy after debuting his career with Romanian club FC Politehnica Timisoara at the age of 15.

He returned to Gabon in 2012 and played for Mangasport and earlier this year he joined his last club FC 105 Liberville.

Alain Giresse handed him his international debut for the Panthers in 2007, going on to get 33 appearances with the National team, netting one goal.

“I have collapsed” former Gabon manager Alain Giresse told L’Equipe, “I’m destroyed”

“I Made him get his naturalisation because he was Ivorian, he was playing in the country and I helped him join Brest.”

Tributes and condolences have been flowing in for the veteran international. Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang took to instagram to pay his tribute to Apanga

“We played together, we played against each other but it was always a pleasure to play alongside you. Rest in peace my brother”

Sunderland and Gabon midfielder Didier Ndong also paid him tribute on his Facebook page,

“I take this moment to tell you that I’ll be thinking about you every minute of this match – rest in peace big brother”.

Malak Hassouna is a French Baccalaureate graduate and currently a Political Sciences student, who was born and still lives in Cairo. She started playing volleyball at the age of 7 as a libero at the Shooting Club in Cairo. A hardcore Chelsea and Al Ahly fan, also a Roger Federer worshipper. She writes for various websites and blogs including KingFut, Chelseafc360 and Vavel UK.

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