Shock in Holland and Congo: former Ajax talent Jody Lukoki has died at the age of 29.
Lukoki’s latest team FC Twente Enschede announced Monday in an official statement via Twitter. “The club is shocked and deeply moved by this tragic incident”, the club wrote and also spoke with “his loved ones and wishes them much strength in dealing with this great loss”. dying remained unclear.
Twente’s technical director Enschede told Dutch newspaper De Telegraf: “It’s incredible. At this young age. So sad. This is really terrible. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.”
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Ajax Amsterdam, where Lukoki began his professional career in 2011, also shared their horror of the 29-year-old’s untimely death via Twitter.
In addition to Ajax, Jody Lukoki also played for Eredivisie clubs SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden and PEC Zwolle. Overall, he has completed 87 games in the Dutch top flight, scoring nine goals.
Jody Lukoki has won three league titles with Ajax Amsterdam
Following his tenure in the Netherlands, the right fielder moved to Ludogorets Razgrad in Bulgaria, where he played for five years and, as with Ajax, won three league titles. FC Twente Enschede signed him last summer after Lukoki spent a year in Turkey with Yeni Malatyaspor.
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However, due to a cruciate ligament injury, Lukoki was unable to play once for the club. Shocking news followed in February. The national team player’s contract with Enschede has ended. The reason: Lukoki was sentenced to civilian service and a suspended prison sentence for domestic violence. So Lukoki was the last one without a club.