Former Ajax footballer Jody Lukoki died at the age of 30, Dutch media reported this morning, without stating the cause of death. Lukoki passed the junior selections of the Dutch national team and then decided to play for his native Congo.
By the way, he was born in former Zaire, from which he escaped with his family from the First Congolese War. Through Ajax football school he made his way to the first team of the four-time European champion and at the beginning of his career with the Dutch great he won three league titles.
He later built his career playing for Cambuur, Zwolle, Ludogorets, Yeni Malatyaspor, and the last club in his career was Twente for which he never played due to recovery from a ligament injury.
Also, Twente terminated his contract due to violence against his girlfriend.
Jody Lukoki was in the final stages of recovery from his cruciate ligament injury
“I would like to confirm that I have indeed been informed by his family regarding Jody’s death.
Our former player Jody Lukoki has passed away at the age of 29.
Rest in Peace, Jody 🤍 — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) May 9, 2022
We as an agency are extremely excited about this. The exact cause of death we do not yet know. The family is in shock and extremely sad. Jody was a very happy child and almost recovered from her injury. For now, I want to leave it and I also want to ask journalists to let go of the situation and give space to family and friends to process it."
said Twente trainer Ron Jans in a statement. His former boss PEC Zwolle is also saddened by the death of the special player for the club. “How long will Lukoki be remembered as PEC Zwolle’s first goalscorer in an official European game”.
“It’s incredible. At this young age. It’s very sad. It’s really bad. We sympathize with his family and friends,” said technical director Jan Streuer. The KNVB says it was "touched" by the "sad news" about Lukoki, the former youth international of the Dutch Juniors, who later became an international for the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"We wish family, friends, and relatives a lot of strength in processing this loss," the KNVB said in response. Lukoki was born in former Zaire, now Congo, but soon moved with his family to the Netherlands. Lukoki went through Ajax's youth academy and also reached the first.
Despite the fact that he played more than thirty official games for the team from Amsterdam, he never really broke through. After a loan period to Cambuur, he played for PEC Zwolle, Ludogorets, Malatyaspor, and FC Twente, where he never played a match in the first due to a torn cruciate ligament before his contract in the Grolsch Veste was dissolved last February.
The three-time Democratic Republic of Congo international was in the final stages of recovery from his cruciate ligament injury.