Jody Lukoki, former Ajax player and international for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, He passed away on Monday at the age of 29. The causes were unknown until now, but various media assure that he died of cardiac arrest after receiving a brutal beating by members of his own family during an argument. Doctors even decided to amputate his leg, which had become seriously infected, but he fell into a coma after the operation and suffered a fatal cardiac arrest, so his death is under police investigation.

The footballer won the Eredivisie three times for Ajax, competition to which he had returned by signing for two years with FC Twente last June, although he did not make his debut after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in his knee during preseason. Later, Lukoki’s contract with Twente was broken last February due to “problems in his personal life”, according to the team itself.

Condolences from your clubs

His other teams also dedicated emotional words to him. “PEC Zwolle has known, with dismay and pain, the untimely loss of our former player Jody Lukoki,” explained the club where he played after leaving Ajax. “Lukoki will always be remembered as PEC Zwolle’s first ever goalscorer in European competition. PEC Zwolle wishes the loved ones of Jody Lukoki a lot of strength to face this enormous loss, “they comment in a statement.

The Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkish team where he played last season, also paid a small tribute to his former footballer. “It is with great sadness that we learned of the news of the death of Jody Lukoki, who wore our club’s shirt in the 2020-21 season. Our condolences to his family and his friends », assured the Ottomans. Lukoki represented the lower categories of the Netherlands up to the U21 level, but chose to play for the Democratic Republic of the Congo at senior level, with whom he made his debut in 2015. All his appearances with ‘the leopards’ were in friendly matches, the last being against Burkina Faso in 2020.


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