Jody Lukoki

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Jody Lukoki
Jody Lukoki 2019.jpg
Lukoki with Ludogorets Razgrad in 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-11-15)15 November 1992[1]
Place of birth Kindu, Zaire
Date of death 9 May 2022(2022-05-09) (aged 29)
Place of death Almere, Netherlands
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Position(s) Winger
Youth career
2002 VVA/Spartaan
2002–2003 Young Boys Haarlem
2003–2012 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2014 Ajax 24 (5)
2013–2014SC Cambuur (loan) 32 (2)
2014–2015 PEC Zwolle 33 (2)
2015–2020 Ludogorets Razgrad II 6 (0)
2015–2020 Ludogorets Razgrad 102 (17)
2020–2021 Yeni Malatyaspor 10 (0)
2021–2022 Twente 0 (0)
Total 207 (26)
National team
2010–2011 Netherlands U19 11 (2)
2012–2013 Netherlands U20 8 (0)
2013 Netherlands U21 1 (0)
2015–2020 DR Congo 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jody Lukoki (15 November 1992 – 9 May 2022) was a Congolese-Dutch professional footballer who played as a winger for FC Twente and the DR Congo.

Club career

Early life and career

Lukoki was born in Zaire but immigrated to the Netherlands with his parents and his twin brother, NAC Breda player Madjer Lukoki at a young age due to the First Congo War. Growing up in Amsterdam, he joined the local club VVA/Spartaan at the age of ten.

Ajax

After playing for VVA/Spartaan and Young Boys Haarlem, Lukoki joined the youth ranks of Ajax. He made his debut for the first team in the 2–0 home win against rivals Feyenoord on 19 January 2011, replacing Lorenzo Ebecilio in the 80th minute. He immediately got the home fans on his side by giving Tim de Cler a nutmeg when the ball was already out of play.[2] He would go on to make his second appearance in the 3–2 away loss against rivals ADO Den Haag on 20 March 2011.[3] The 2011–12 season started with Lukoki scoring his first career Eredivisie goal in his season debut against Roda JC.

SC Cambuur (loan)

Having contributed to three national titles in his first three seasons with Ajax, Lukoki would remain third-choice winger under Frank de Boer and was granted permission to explore other options. On 2 August 2013, he was loaned out to newly promoted SC Cambuur for the season.[4]

PEC Zwolle

On 7 August 2014, it was announced that Lukoki would transfer to PEC Zwolle on a three-year contract for a reported €1.5 million, joining the team that had recently defeated Ajax in the KNVB Cup final as well as the Johan Cruijff Shield.[5] On 21 August 2014, Lukoki scored PEC Zwolle's first-ever goal in a continental competition, when they faced Sparta Prague in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Lukoki scoring in the 77th minute in the club's European debut.[6]

Ludogorets

On 26 June 2015, Lukoki signed with the Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad.[7] The Congolese scored three goals in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round matches against Mladost Podgorica. He scored his first goal in the league on 26 November 2016 in match against Botev Plovdiv.[8] During his time at Ludogorets Razgrad he was nicknamed "Синът на вятъра" (English: "The Son of the Wind").[9] On 28 September 2017, Lukoki netted the winning goal in the 2–1 victory over 1899 Hoffenheim in a UEFA Europa League group stage match.[10] On 1 April 2020, Ludogorets Razgrad announced that they had mutually agreed to terminate Lukoki's contract, allowing him to return to the Netherlands.[11]

Yeni Malatyaspor

In July 2020, Lukoki signed a two-year contract with Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor.[12]

International career

Lukoki represented Netherlands at various youth levels. He secured third place with the U-19 team at the Festival International 'Espoirs' 2012 in Toulon, France. He held dual citizenship and was eligible to represent either Netherlands or DR Congo at senior level.[13][14] On 19 March 2015, Lukoki received his first call for the DR Congo team for the match against Iraq and earned his first cap in that game.[15]

Personal life

On 9 May 2022,[16] Lukoki died at the age of 29 of a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Almere, after being beaten by his family in an argument.[17][18]

Career statistics

Club

As of 13 December 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental[a] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2010–11 Eredivisie 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 6 2 3 0 4 0 0 0 13 2
2012–13 16 3 3 0 4 0 0 0 23 3
Total 24 5 6 0 9 0 0 0 39 5
Cambuur (loan) 2013–14 Eredivisie 32 2 2 0 0 0 34 2
PEC Zwolle 2014–15 Eredivisie 33 2 5 1 2 1 40 4
Ludogorets Razgrad II 2015–16 Second League 4 0 4 0
Ludogorets Razgrad 2015–16 A Group 20 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 23 0
2016–17 First League 15 1 4 0 7 3 0 0 26 4
2017–18 28 7 2 0 11 1 0 0 41 8
2018–19 28 6 3 1 11 1 1[b] 0 43 8
2019–20 11 3 1 1 11 5 1[b] 1 24 10
Total 102 17 12 2 41 10 2 1 157 30
Career total 195 26 25 3 42 11 2 1 274 41
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Bulgarian Supercup

International

As of 7 December 2019
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
DR Congo 2015 2 0
2019 1 0
Total 3 0

Honours

Ajax[19]

Ludogorets Razgrad

References

  1. ^ "Jody Lukoki Profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Lukoki humiliates De Cler" (in Dutch). 20 January 2011.
  3. ^ "ADO beats Ajax in The Hague" (in Dutch). NOS.nl. 20 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Lukoki, trainer geeft vertrouwen" (in Dutch). Ajax Showtime. 2 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Jody Lukoki voor drie seizoenen naar PEC Zwolle" (in Dutch). RTV Oost. 7 August 2013.
  6. ^ "PEC spelt gelijk Sparta Praag bij debuut in Europa" (in Dutch). NU Sport. 22 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Официално: Лудогорец подписа с конгоански национал" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Лудогорец взе поредна жертва в Първа лига и си осигури сериозна преднина на върха (видео)". Sportal.bg.
  9. ^ ""Синът на вятъра" и Натанаел разпиляха Септември (видео)".
  10. ^ Evtimov, Emil (28 September 2017). "Страхотен Лудогорец и голяма европейска победа над Хофенхайм". gong.bg. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Ludogorets and Lukoki agreed to part ways". ludogorets.com/. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. 1 April 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Yeni Malatyaspor'da ilk transfer Jody Lukoki" (in Turkish). goal.com. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Over Jody Lukoki". Bestevoetballers.nl. 2012. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Jody Lukoki player profile". ajaxinside.nl. 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  15. ^ Interlandloopbaan bij DR Congo lonkt voor Lukoki en Tamata (Dutch). Voetbal International. 19 March 2015.
  16. ^ "DR Congo international Lukoki dies aged 29". BBC Sport.
  17. ^ Sijtsma, Het Parool/Thomas (9 May 2022). "Van beenamputatie tot coma en vroege dood: ruzie met familie wordt Jody Lukoki (29) fataal". Het Parool.
  18. ^ "Ex-Ajax player Jody Lukoki dies after being beaten by his family". MARCA. 11 May 2022.
  19. ^ "Jody Lukoki - profile". Soccerway.

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