A footballer in Mozambique was attacked and dragged off by a crocodile while jogging along the banks of a river.

Estevao Alberto Gino, who played for Atletico Mineiro de Tete, has been announced dead. His body has not been recovered, according to local police spokesman Leonel Muchina.

He had been running along the Zambezi river, when the gruesome incident had occurred.

“The crocodile came out of the water abruptly and took him by the waist. After that, the animal ran back into the water,” club manager Edy Carvalho said.

“His two friends were very scared and they heard the screams, but there was nothing they could do. The crocodile was like five meters.

The club added in a statement: “We are mourning our player, our brother, our friend, our son and our eternal central defender Estevao Alberto Gino, only 19 years of age with a promising future, who was the victim of a crocodile on the banks of the Zambezi river.

“The CAMT sends our sincerest condolences to your family. It is an irreparable loss for all of us.

“Estevao was an example of obedience, respect, and humility and leaves a huge void in our life.”