Jody Lukoki dead at 29: Former Ajax and FC Twente star who played for Holland and DR Congo passes away

FORMER Ajax winger Jodi Lukoki has passed away at the age of 29.

The Democratic Republic of Congo international, who was contracted to FC Twente until February, was in the final stages of recovering from a cruciate ligament injury when the shocking news of his death was confirmed.

The cause of death is not yet known.

Lukoki's contract at Twente was dissolved earlier this year after he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend.

He received 80 hours of community service and a suspended three-year probationary period for the charges.

As well as Ajax and Twente, Lukoki was also on the books of club sides PEC Zwolle, Ludogorets and Malatyaspor.


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He came through Ajax's famous youth set-up and went on to play 39 times for the Dutch outfit, scoring six goals.

He won the Eredivisie title in each of his three seasons with the four-time European champions.

And he claimed four successive Bulgarian league titles with Ludogorets between 2016 and 2019.

Lukoki also enjoyed a short career at international level.

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He represented Holland throughout the various age groups – featuring once for the U21s.

But he then switched allegiance to the Democratic Republic of Congo where he was capped three times by the first team.

Two of his international caps came in 2015, with the third four years later.

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