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Didier Drogba calls for better medical checks

Didier Drogba has called for better medical checks to protect footballers in Ivory Coast.

The call became necessary after the death of a player on Sunday during a top-flight league game.

Racing Club d’Abidjan (RCA) defender Moustapha Sylla, 21, collapsed during the match against SOL FC on Sunday and was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital, according to his club.

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Video of the incident showed Sylla stumbling before losing his balance and falling to the ground motionless near the centre-circle, prompting opposition players to call for medical assistance.

Reacting to the death, former Ivory Coast captain Drogba demanded that players be offered more medical protection by footballing authorities.

“Condolences to Ivorian football,” wrote Drogba.

“Three deaths of Ivorian professional league players in less than four years.

“Where are the compulsory medical visits for each professional player? The blood tests, the ECGs, the stress tests? When will sports medicine arrive?”

Drogba lost his international teammate Cheick Tiote back in 2017 in China following a cardiac arrest.

Recall last year Drogba lost a bid to run football in Ivory Coast.

RCA president Logossina Cisse described Sylla as a “rising star that left too soon”.

The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) on their part led tributes on social media.

“In this moment of pain and emotion, FIF extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, to the managers and players of RCA, as well as to the Ivorian football family,” FIF wrote on Facebook.

Patrice Motsepe, president of the Confederation of African Football, also expressed his shock at “the tragic passing of such a young life who showed promise on the football field”.

Sylla won the 2022 Malian title with Djoliba AC before joining RCA in September.

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