Togolese Striker Saves Opponent’s Life

Francis Kone has been labeled a hero after a bizarre incident at the weekend.

The Togolese striker took immediate action during a Czech league game after the opposing team’s goalkeeper, Martin Berkovec, was knocked unconscious just after the half-hour mark by his teammate.

Kone stuck his fingers in the unconscious Berkovec’s mouth in order to retrieve the goalkeeper’s tongue.  He acted fast to ensure Berkovec did not swallow his tongue which could have easily ended fatally.

The Slovacko player claimed that this was not the first time he’s performed such an act.  Instead, he’s done this three times prior to Saturday’s incident!

“It wasn’t the first time I have done that,” Kone told Czech media. “It’s something like the fourth time. Twice in Africa, once in Thailand.”

The Bohemians goalkeeper was taken to the hospital, but shortly after half-time an announcement over the stadium’s loudspeaker claimed he was doing well.

Berkovec later thanked Kone for saving his life in a post on his Facebook.

“I would like to thank Francis Kone for his quick action in saving me during today’s match,” he said. “I am grateful for the prompt help, and once again THANK YOU!!!”


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Mitchell P. Rozansky

Mitchell P. Rozansky is a promising journalism scholar, member of the St. Bonaventure University Community and Editor-In-Chief of Globe Afrique Media, publisher of globeafrique.com. Prior to serving as editor in chief, he was entertainment editor of the media group, covering news stories and articles on sports, lifestyles, TV/films, music, and fashion.
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