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COACH IS IN SHOCK

Former Parma midfielder confesses to murder of his own mother and sister

Solomon Nyantakyi, who was selected for Parma's first-team squad on several occasions, was arrested in Milan's central station

Italian football is in shock after a former footballing prodigy admitted to the murder of his mother and 11-year-old sister.

Former Parma midfielder Solomon Nyantakyi confessed to the double murder after he was arrested in Milan’s central station.

Police had been alerted to the deaths of Patience Nfum, 43, and Magdalene Nfum by Nyantakyi’s brother Raymond.

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Police and forensics survey the scene of the crime

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Police and forensics survey the scene of the crime

Both their bodies were found bloodied in an apartment on the outskirts of Parma, where Nyantakyi rose to prominence.

Nyantakyi was born in Accra, Ghana, but moved to Italy and started playing for Parma’s youth sides.

He impressed with their Under-19s and was called up to the first-team squad by coach Roberto Donadoni, who now manages Bologna.

However when Parma went bust Nyantakyi was forced to move on, playing for Tuttocuoio and Imolese.

Nyantakyi was once considered one of Italy’s brightest talents

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Nyantakyi was once considered one of Italy’s brightest talents

Donadoni spoke to Football Italia, saying: “I remember Solomon, he trained with us at Parma and I had him on the bench more than once during Serie A games.

“I remember he was very calm, even taciturn. If it really was him who did this, I can’t think what went through his mind.”

Donadoni was Nyantakyi’s manager at Parma

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Donadoni was Nyantakyi’s manager at Parma

Alessandro Lucarelli, who’s still the captain of Parma, also remembers the midfielder, saying: “I had heard talk of his depression.

“He was very quiet, rather closed off, didn’t bond with anyone. It’s unusual, as African lads of his age tend to be quite extroverted.”

A terrible situation for all involved.

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