Footballer killed in crocodile attack in Mozambique

A young Mozambican football player was grabbed and killed by a crocodile while training along the banks of a river, his club said on Monday.

Estevao Alberto Gino, 19, who played for Mozambique’s second division club Atletico Mineiro de Tete, stayed near the Zambezi River in the western province of Tete.

The incident happened last Thursday.

"On that night, he was training and after jogging he stretched his hands into the water and that was when the crocodile caught him," coach Eduardo Carvalho told AFP.

Two neighbours who saw the attack estimated the crocodile to have been about 5m long, and "they could not do anything" to save him, said Carvalho.

Crocodile attacks are common along the Zambezi river.

Local police spokesperson Leonel Muchina confirmed the incident to the media saying the footballer's body has not yet been found.