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One of the leading strikers in Ukrainian football, Arsenal Kyiv's Shalva Apkhazava, died last night in the capital Kiev.

Cause unknown
The 23-year-old Georgian was found dead this morning, although the cause of his death is not yet known. Georgia's young player of the year in 2001, he made his full international debut in a friendly against Moldova on 12 February last year and was tipped for a bright future.

Good spirits
Formerly of FC Dinamo Batumi, Apkhazava joined Arsenal in 2002 and scored 14 goals last season. He had struck three times in 12 games this season and, according to team-mates, had been in good spirits.

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