Cheick Tioté and Papiss Cisse

By Angu Lesley
Football Writer,

Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse has made another emotional statement about the demise of his friend and former colleague Cheick Tioté.

The former Ivory Coast international died in training with his Chinese club on June 5, 2017.

Close to three years down the road, Papiss still feels the vacuum created by the man with whom he had a memorable time in Tyneside.

Papiss and Cheick were team-mates at St. James’ Park from 2012 to 2016 and both became adored at the club.

Papiss finds it difficult to forget the role tge 2015 AFCON winner had in his career.

“Tiote had helped me so much, and I respect this guy. For me, he was a giant. He was my brother. He will always be my brother. I miss him so much.” Papiss told One football last year.

There are clear indications Cisse has not gotten over the death of his friend and not anytime soon.

“I miss him. I always pray for him to be in a good place and that his family will be safe in this world. Till date, talking about it makes me sad. I try to talk to his family everyday,it is not easy. His children are grown up but it’s tough” Cisse told

The duo enjoyed their time together at Wear Side helping New Castle to finish 5th in the 2011/2012 season.

Unfortunately they went separate ways in 2016 when they left Newcastle for a new chapter in China where death snatched Cheick from the world and Papiss.

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