DR Congo captain Lomana LuaLua is mourning the sudden death of his 18-month-old son who died while he was at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
"I am devastated by the tragic loss," the 25-year-old striker told the website of his English Premiership club Portsmouth.
"I am grateful and appreciative for the kind wishes
and support I have received from everybody.
"As I am sure everyone will understand, I just wish to be
with my family and be allowed to grieve privately. I appreciate
everyone respecting my wishes."
LuaLua led DR Congo to the quarter-finals of the Nations Cup, where they lost 4-1 to Egypt.