Congolese star get full start,…as Everton mourns late fan

Congo DR and Everton FC winger, Yannick Bolasie, has joined the club to condole with the family of the football fan who had suspected heart attack while at Goodison Park to see Everton versus visiting Stoke City on Saturday.

It was the evening in which Ronald Koeman gave Bolasie And Wshley Williams full starting shirts and Bolasie gave a good account of himself just like he did in his second half debut against Westbrom.

Everton got a narrow win courtesy of Leighton Baines penalty which Shay Givens had tipped off but the ball hit his head and rolled back into the net.

In two tweets minutes after the match, Bolasie celebrated the victory, the three points and the support of the fans but mindfully gave his heart to the family of the late fan.

“Another win and a great team performance against a tough stoke team. Fans where electric. We keep going now into the next.”

“Good 3 points today. My thought go out to the family of the man who passed away at today’s game.”

After the police and paramedics tried to apply CPR on him on the stands, the
51 year old fan reportedly died at the Aintree University Hospital where he was rushed to.

The club has also condoled with and promised support for the family.

Everton FC said: “Everton is deeply saddened to report that the 51-year-old fan taken ill during today’s game (Saturday) against Stoke City has passed away in hospital.

“The thoughts and prayers of everybody at the football club are with his family and friends.

“The Club will continue to provide all the support possible to the family.”

Yannick joined Everton this (2016) season from Crystal Palace where he had been since 2012 and with three games so far, he is promising consistently to become a pillar of strength for the club just as he is for his country’s national team.

In an assessment of his debut on HITC Sports, Sean Lunt wrote of him: “His passing was particularly strong as he posted 14 accurate passes, two of which were key balls, and enjoyed an overall passing accuracy of 93%.”

Bolasie has earned 27 caps in Congo DR since 2013 and scored seven goals with several assists. image


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