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On the ball: Osagi Bascome, the Bermuda midfielder, playing in Darlington's 1-1 draw away to Altrincham in the Vanarama National League North (Photograph by Darlington FC)

Former team-mates were among the many paying tribute to Osagi Bascome in the wake of the Bermuda and St George’s midfielder’s tragic death.

It is believed the son of national cricket team coach Herbie Bascome and great nephew of former Government Minister Lovitta Foggo, was stabbed multiple times during an altercation outside Fun Zone in St David’s on Saturday.

As news of the tragedy spread, some of the late footballer’s colleagues took to social media to pay tribute and offer condolences.

“A great person and great team-mate,” Danté Leverock, the Robin Hood player/coach and national team defender, posted on Facebook. “Could light up a room was always smiling, cracking jokes making sure those around him were in a great mood.”

Leverock and Bascome were members of the national team, which competed at the Concacaf Gold Cup and Concacaf Nations League in 2019.

“So many experiences together travelling the world playing this game football we loved so much,“ Leverock added. ”A part of the golden generation we all made history together.

“A genuine person. I’m honoured to have played on the same team as you. Even more honoured to have been your friend.

“A massive loss of talent, massive loss for Bermuda and most importantly been taken away from his family his loved ones.

“You are a legend Sagi. I love you brother.”

Osagi Bascome, right, battles for possession of the ball with Jamaica's Chevon Marsh during an international match. (Photograph by Ashley Anguin)

Willie Clemons, the Stowmarket Town and Bermuda midfielder, also spoke fondly of Bascome’s fun-loving nature.

“I don’t think I can ever recall a time when you weren’t smiling, laughing or cracking jokes,” he posted on his Twitter account. “Always good vibes; wherever, whenever.

“Proud to have shared the pitch with you, you will live on in each of our hearts.

“My deepest condolences to your family.”

Osagi Bascome is seen here playing cricket in this 2007 file photo at the age of nine.

Jonté Smith, the Ballymena United and Bermuda striker, posted on Twitter: “My love goes out to everyone that knew him on and off the football pitch; love to the entire St. George’s family. Blue heart too young and way too soon.”

Also paying tribute was Bascome’s former club, Darlington, who play in the Vanarama National League North, the sixth tier of English football.

He joined the English non-League side in March of 2019 and went on to make 16 appearances for the County Durham outfit.

Bascome is best remembered for his stoppage-time free kick away to Walsall in the FA Cup that led to Joe Wheatley's equalising goal.

“The club is devastated to learn of the passing of former player Osagi Bascome,” read a club statement on their official Twitter account.

“Osagi joined the club in 2019, playing a memorable role in our FA Cup tie at Walsall.

“Everyone from the club’s thoughts are with Osagi’s family and friends.”

Darren Holloway, the Darlington assistant manager, also expressed his grief and condolences on the same social media platform.

“Very, very saddened to hear of the passing of Osagi Bascome, a great lad who we had the pleasure of coaching at Darlington,” he posted.

“I’m sure he’ll always be remembered for being such a good lad and for delivering the best worst free kick in injury time versus Walsall. RIP Osagi.”

Bascome left Darlington by mutual agreement in February 2020.

Prior to joining Darlington, he played at the regional level in Spain for Massanassa and also had a short spell at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, where he did not make a first-team appearance.

He is a product of the Aston Villa Academy and had stints playing youth football at Spanish sides Levante and Valencia.

More recently, Bascome played in the Premier Division with St George’s.

He made what would be his final appearance for the club in a 1-0 win over Somerset Eagles at Wellington Oval on December 5.

Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club also offered their condolences to Bascome’s family and the St George’s community.

“As a fellow community club within the eastern end of the island, the membership of Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club sends its deepest condolences to the Bascome family, the St George’s community as well as the extended loved ones that are affected by this tragedy,” a club spokeswoman said.

“Few words can be said right now that can bring comfort in this moment.

“It is our hope that as a country, we focus on healing our communities and continue to foster change to honour the lives lost.

“Each of us plays an important role to ensure that Bermuda is a place that supports, encourages, and protects its youth as they navigate life.”

The St George’s league match against Somerset Trojans at Wellington Oval yesterday was postponed.

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