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The professional footballers associations of DR Congo (UFC) and England (PFA) are both shocked by the deaths in their football family of former Congo international player Pascal Kalema and former English winger Mitchell Cole.

 

Pascal Kalema Lukoki died at the age of 33. According the report of the players association of Congo (UFC), he died of a ‘sudden disease’ .

 

Kalema was the former goalkeeper of the national team of DR Congo, the Léopards. He represented his country at the 2002 and 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. And he played for renowned African clubs such as TP Mazembe ( 2001 -2003); As V club de Kinshasa ( 2003-2005); Saint ELoi Lupopo ( 2005-2006); Telestar du Gabon ( 2006-2007); DCMP de Kinshasa ( 2007-2009); Missiles du Gabon ( 2009); Cara de Brazzaville ( 2010) and Us Tshinkunku de Kananga ( 2011).

 

Mitchell Cole was only 27 years. He had to stop his professional footballer career in February 2011 due to a heart problem. It was too dangerous for him to continue playing professional football.

 

Nevertheless, Cole did make a handful of non-league appearances earlier this year, for Arlesey Town. But in March he gave up the game for good after watching Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffer a cardiac arrest on the pitch.

 

Cole was a former winger of Oxford United, Southend United and Stevenage. As a player of Stevenage, he scored during the FA Trophy final in 2007, which helped beat Kidderminster.  It was a memorable goal, as he was the first player to score at the new Wembley Stadium.