Papy Faty Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
Wednesday May 01, 2019. 12:00
Stoke City forward Saido Berahino has paid tribute to former Burundi international teammate Papy Faty, who tragically passed away last week.
Faty, who represented the likes of Trabzonspor and Bidvest Wits in his club career, collapsed during a match for Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) side Malanti Chiefs last Thursday.
The 28-year-old had previously been diagnosed with a heart condition, but opted to continue in his professional career against medical advice.
"I still can't believe it. It was an honour to play with you for Burundi and also qualifying for the first time ever," Berahino wrote on his Instagram page, referencing the national team’s amazing feat of securing a berth at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
"History was made, you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace."
Burundi Football Association (BFA) president Reverien Ndikuriyo described Faty's passing as a “hard blow”.
He stated, "On behalf of the BFA and myself, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and to Burundi football.
“It's a hard blow coming after we qualified for the 2019 Nations Cup.”
Burundi will honour the late Faty by making their AFCON debut in Egypt in June this year, where they will take on Nigeria, Guinea and Madagascar in Group B.