A 19-year-old Mozambican football player was snatched and killed by a 16-foot crocodile while training along the banks of a river.
Estevao Alberto Gino, who played for Mozambique’s second division club Atletico Mineiro de Tete, lived near the Zambezi river in the western province of Tete.
Neighbors said they saw a 16-foot crocodile snatch away the 19-year-old in the incident that happened in Maputo last Thursday.
Speaking to AFP, Gino’s coach, Eduardo Carvalho said:
‘On that night, he was training and after jogging he stretched his hands into the water and that was when the crocodile caught him.
Two neighbors who witnessed the attack estimated the crocodile to have been about five-metres (16-feet) long, and ‘they could not do anything’ to save him, said Carvalho.
However, a Local police spokesman, Leonel Muchina confirmed the incident to AFP saying the footballer’s body has not yet been found.