The young player, named locally as Estevao Alberto Gino, was confirmed by his club, amateur side Atletico Mineiro de Tete.
According to Edy Carvalho, the club’s founder, and coach, the 19-year-old was jogging along the Zambezi river when he stopped to cool down – before being attacked by the croc.
Carvalho told local media: “The crocodile came out of the water abruptly and took him by the waist. After that, the animal ran back into the water.”
He also revealed that tragically, the teenage player’s body was not found – presumably eaten by the hungry reptile.
Gino was reportedly running with two friends, who said they could do do nothing to help their stricken mate – adding he was around five metres long.
Atletico Mineiro de Tete said on Facebook: “We are mourning our player, our brother, our friend, our son and our eternal central defender Estevao Alberto Gino.
“He was only 19 years of age with a promising future, who was the victim of a crocodile on the banks of the Zambezi river.
The club went on to describe Gino as “an example of obedience, respect, and humility,” giving its condolences to his family.
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