Due to the suspension of the top-tier league in Togo as a result of coronavirus pandemic, Kossi Koudagba left the city of Kara and headed to his childhood town Devie (in the suburbs of the capital Lomé) to spend time with his family members. It was during this period he fell ill and died of malaria at the age of 25.
ASC Kara manager, Jean-Marie Eloh, emphasized the importance of Kossi Koudagba to their club side while the 25 years old forward was still alive: “A great player promised to a great career. His concern was to put the ball at the back of the net and he was doing that very, very well.”
The Togo Football Association released a statement expressing their deepest condolence to the loved ones the deceased forward left behind:
“In these painful circumstances, the Executive Committee of the FTF wish to salute the memory of the player, whose qualities on and off the field are known to all. The FTF Executive Committee would like, on behalf of Togolese football, to express our feelings of sympathy to the family of the deceased, loved ones, the ASCK club, as well as the staff and players of the Togo national team.”
Kossi Koudagba’s Football Career
The Togolese international Footballer, (Kossi Koudagba) joined ASC Kara in July of 2017 from Espoir Tsevie where he won the golden boot twice consecutively (2018 and 2019) and a league title in the year 2019.
The centre-forward impressive performance got the attention of the Tunisian club side (US Tataouine) last year but the deal couldn’t happen because Kossi Koudagba failed medicals as a result of heart problems.
Kossi Koudagba played just three times for the Togolese national team and he was selected to represent his country for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.