Crocodile Snatches Mozambican Footballer

Estevao Alberto Gino, the deceased (right) with team mates (left)

A young Mozambican footballer was snatched and killed by a crocodile while training along the banks of Zambezi river, his Club, Atletico Mineiro de Tete, disclosed on Monday.

Estevao Alberto Gino, 19, played for the Mozambique’s second division club and lived near the river in the western province of Tete, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The incident is said to have occurred last week Thursday.

“On that night, he was training and after jogging he stretched his hands into the water and that was when the crocodile caught him,” coach Eduardo Carvalho told AFP.

Two neighbours who witnessed the attack estimated the crocodile to have been about five-metres (16-feet) long, and “they could not do anything” to save him, said Carvalho.

Local police spokesman, Leonel Muchina, confirmed the incident to AFP saying the footballer’s body has not yet been found.

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