By Muambo Edward

Football Writer, Cameroon

Former Benin international Osseni Bachirou has died aged 33.

The former midfielder died on Tuesday in a Benin based hospital and no details of the cause of his untimely death have been made public yet.

Bachirou who played 10 times for the Squirrels of Benin, between 2003 and 2005, was the only player to score for them in 4-1 loss to Libya, in what turned out to be his lone goal for his country.

He was a key member for them in the qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, featuring in six games.

Bachirou also captained Benin to a third place finish in the 2005 U-20 AFCON played in Benin.

In his club career, he played for Soleil FC, AZ Zwiyah, Vitoria Setubal, FK Bodva, Diegem and Porto Novo, in Benin, Libya, Portugal, Slovakia and Belgium.

Bachirou was in charge of Benin based second tier club Etente Kandi prior to his death.

His former teammate, current Benin captain Stephane Sessegnon who played with him in the national team has expressed his grief and that his teammates.

“It is with sadness that we learned this morning, of the death of Osseni Bachirou our brother, teammate and former captain of the national team of Benin,” Sessegnon posted on social media.

“On behalf of my teammates in the national team, we extend our sincere condolences to all his family, to the family of Benin football without exception.

“We are crying for a captain who has just left us. May his soul Rest In Peace and May Allah preserve him.”


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