Former Man city striker Wilfried Bony (wearing white shirt) was among the pallbearers
Wilfried Bony was among the pallbearers as a coffin containing Cheick Tiote’s body returned back to his native Ivory Coast on Thursday afternoon.
Tiote’s body arrived at Port Bouet airport in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital, after being flown from Beijing where he tragically passed away.
Manchester City forward Bony and other former team-mates of Tiote’s with the Ivory Coast national team carried the casket on their shoulders.
Cheick Tiote’s coffin is carried by his former Ivory Coast team-mates at Port Bouet airport
Bony wore a t-shirt paying tribute to the late midfielder as he attended the sombre occasion
Bony wore a t-shirt emblazoned with Tiote’s face – which read ‘an elephant never dies’ in reference to the Ivory Coast national team’s nickname.
Former Ivory Coast national team coach Herve Renard was also in attendance along with the president of the Ivorian Football Federation, Augustin Sidy Diallo.
Family members displayed their grief as Tiote’s coffin was carried through the airport, where fans also came to pay their respects.
Tiote’s casket is carried through arrivals at the Port Bouet airport, the largest in the Ivory Coast