Moise Brou Apanga, 35, dies of heart attack

Gabon star collapses during training session

Moise Brou Apanga, former Gabon star, collapsed during a training session with his Gabonese club, FC 105 Libreville, and passed away from what was later ruled a heart attack. Apanga was only 35 years old. He has represented Gabon in the 2010 and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, and his teammates on the national stage are mourning. Posted by Gabon captain Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang,

“We played together, we played against each other but it was always a pleasure to play alongside you. Rest in peace my brother.”

Didier Ndong, one of the younger members of Gabon’s national team, wrote,

“I take this moment to tell you that I’ll be thinking about you every minute of this match. Rest in peace big brother. Brou Apanga a legend of Gabonese football.”

The Gabon Football Federation also expressed their condolences in an official statement:

“The country has lost a brave son who has always given his best for the Gabonese flag. All our condolences to his family and team-mates.”

Alors que dans quelques minutes je dois jouer,je prend cet instant pour te dire que je penserai à toi chaque minute sur le terrain….. repose en paix grand frère….#BrouApangaunmonumentdufootballGabonais

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Ndong Ibrahim Didier‎‏ في 26 أبريل، 2017

 

Brou Apanga is an Ivorian by birth, but became a Gabonese citizen when he first debuted with FC 105 Libreville in 2007. He also played for the French club Brest, the Italian clubs Perugia and Brescia, and the Romanian club FC Politehnica Timisoara. He returned to Gabon in 2012 and had just begun his second stint with FC 105 Libreville earlier this year. Alain Giresse was a huge presence in Apanga’s career, having been his first coach with Libreville and the man who convinced him to get a Gabonese citizenship so he could be on their national team. When asked about the news Giresse told L’Equipe, 

“I have collapsed. I’m destroyed.”

We called him up along with Bruno Ecuele-Manga and Daniel Cousin. Along with Bruno, he was our defensive linchpin,” Giresse said of Apanga’s role on the national team.

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