Football community stunned by loss of young talent
WHILE Sunday's A-league grand final gripped the imagination of sporting fans across Australia, the wider North Coast Football community was reeling from the shock passing of one of its greatest young talents.
Kodjo Adjassou passed away on Saturday after completing a match with his Bankstown club with early indications of suffering a cardiac arrest.
In 2010 as striker with Coffs Coast Tigers, Kodjo, 24, became part of North Coast Football folklore when he put 38 goals into the net in one astonishing season to take out just about every award on offer and help put his side into the grand final.
Feted by all, the former refugee born in Togo in a close-knit family was taken under the wing of football legend Les Murray and was a well-loved member of the local football community, long after the talent scouts came calling to carry him away to bigger things with Bankstown.
Funeral details are still to be announced.
Mark Stavroulakis of Football NSW has passed on condolences to the Adjassou family after the tragic passing of their son.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family," he said.
"May he rest in heavenly peace."