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UP footballer Yoro Sangare dies at 22

By NICK GARCIA Published May 05, 2023 9:52 am

Yoro Sangare, a football player of the University of the Philippines, has died. He was 22.

The UP Men's Football Team confirmed Sangare's passing on the eve of May 4. No cause of death was given at the moment as autopsy is still ongoing.

"His talent, dedication, and kindness brought out the best in our team," the statement said. "He always gave his all, and so we celebrate the life and love he has given each and every one of us."

A recruit from Mali, Sangare was a junior physical education student. He was not able to join the UAAP Season 85 due to an injury before the tournament began.

UP Assistant Coach Popoy Clarino remembered Sangare as "very driven, hardworking, and very kind."

"He was the kindest person I've ever met," Clarino said. Sangare trained with them a year before he got into the team, and they took a chance on him because of his dedication and hardwork, Clarino added.

“He really wanted to bring his talent to UP," the coach said. "He will be missed but we are going to celebrate his life."

A moment of silence was held before the respective matches of UP and Far Eastern University, and Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University at the UP Diliman Football Field.

Another one was also held before the women's 3x3 basketball tourney between the University of Santo Tomas and National University at Casobe Resort in Batangas.