Jody Lukoki: former Ajax striker and Congolese international dies at 29

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“This morning FC Twente received the terrible news of the death of Jody Lukoki,” the Dutch club said on its website on Monday.

“The club is shocked and deeply touched by this tragic event. FC Twente sympathizes with its loved ones and wishes them strength in dealing with this huge loss.”

The cause of his death has not been confirmed.

Lukoki first joined Ajax Amsterdam at youth level in 2008 and eventually moved to the first team in January 2011.

He won three Dutch league titles with the club in three successive seasons, before signing with PEC Zwolle in 2014.

Jody Lukoki (right) competes for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch Cup semi-final against FC Twente on April 7, 2015 in the Netherlands.
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A year later, he was transferred to Ludogorets, where he spent five seasons and won three Bulgarian championship titles.

After playing for Turkish team Yeni Malatyaspor for one season, Lukoki returned to the Eredivisie with FC Twente.

He also played for the Netherlands national team during his youth career, before making his debut for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March 2015.
Ajax commemorated Lukoki on social media: “Our former player Jody Lukoki passed away at the age of 29. Rest in peace, Jody.”
Fans also paid tribute to the striker on social media. “I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. Sending lots of strength to his family. Rest in peace,” one user said. post on Twitter.
“29 years too young, strength to his loved ones and to all those who knew him”, another Internet user tweeted.



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