Canary Islands goalkeeper Naomi Mendoza passes away aged 17

Canary Islands goalkeeper Naomi Mendoza passes away aged 17 after falling into a coma last month, as her former side Las Majoreras vow to remember her ‘smile, improvement and desire to live’

  • Naomi Mendoza has passed away aged 17 after several weeks in a coma 
  • She played in goal for Canary Islands Under-17s and club side Guiniguada
  • Her former team vowed to remember Mendoza’s ‘smile and improvement’ 

A 17-year-old footballer described as an ‘exemplary player and football lover’ has died due to complications linked to meningitis.

Naomi Mendoza was taken to hospital in the Canary Islands after collapsing last month. She spent several weeks in a coma before passing away last week.

Mendoza represented the Canary Islands Under-17 women’s national team and played her club football for Guiniguada, who have now paid tribute to their former goalkeeper. 

‘We will always keep your smile. Your improvement. Your desire to live,’ the club said on Instagram with a video of Mendoza.

They added: ‘You will shine very bright. You will always be eternal Nao. Always.’

Naomi Mendoza has passed away aged 17 after complications linked to Meningitis

Mendoza played in goal for the Canary Islands Under 17s national side and was remembered by her former club for her ‘smile and improvement’

The club also announced they would cancel all training for the day as a mark of respect for Mendoza.

Union Viera, another club in the area, said the news had ‘shocked all of Canary Islands football.’

La Liga side Las Palmas offered their ‘sincere condolences’ to her family and friends.

Numerous fans commented to share their thoughts with the family and willed Mendoza to ‘Rest in Peace.’

CN8, a local media outlet, said of the goalkeeper: ‘Canary football mourns the loss of a young player, who had a great future ahead. Exemplary player, football lover and a great partner.’

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