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Angolan footballer João dos Santos de Almeida “Chinho” was found dead inside his car last Monday morning, in Luanda, victim of several gun shots.
The information was released by the spokesman of the National Police in Luanda Province, Mateus Rodrigues.
The former athlete – who gained major notoriety while playing for Petro de Luanda and in the national team – was driving a grey Range rover in Sapu ward when he was approached by two men, on a motor-bicycle, who discharged several shots on the former footballer, who passed away inside his car.
Certain sources linked to the late footballer have told ANGOP that on that tragic day, Chinho left his firm “WTS Clube” after distributing the monthly wages to his staff.
Chinho, African champion in under-20 (Ethiopia 2001), was found dead in his car and taken to the morgue of Josina Machel Hospital by the police.
FAF regrets death of former soccer player
The Angolan Football Federation (FAF) board of directors and the workers’ group are expressing their feeling of sorrow for the passed away of former footballer, João dos Santos de Almeida “Chinho”, murdered Monday in Luanda.
A note from the institution sent to Angop on Tuesday indicates that “in this hour of mourning, we express the most sincere condolences to the bereaved family, desiring divine strength and comfort in this moment of pain.”
The former footballer has represented the national teams on several occasions. In 2001 he was African champion under-20, a tournament played in Ethiopia. In the same year he was part of the national team that competed in the under-20 world championship in Argentina.
The Sagrada Esperança Sporting Group of Lunda Norte, one of the clubs in which the former left midfielder has evolved, was dismayed by the incident.
According to a condolence note sent to Angop, “Chinho” made a major contribution to the evolution of the club in 2005, when the football team won the first division soccer championship (Girabola)”.Source: Angop
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