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30/09/2014 00:00:00
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ZIMBABWEAN Nkosiphile Mpofu was left seething after her married lover, Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote, ignored her, opting to go to his native Ivory Coast to marry a second wife.

33-year-old Mpofu, better known as Nikki Mpofu, has a one-year old child with Tiote.

A close friend told NewZimbabwe.com “During family talks (this week) Tiote claimed he could not marry Nikki as this is illegal in the UK.

“Nikki refused to become Muslim and that's why he didn't marry her although he repeatedly asked her to convert. She wanted to enjoy the lifestyle without being Muslim.”

The 28-year-old Ivorian, who earns around £45,000 a week at St James' Park, lives with his first wife Madeh and their two children in a £1.5 million mansion in Ponteland near Newcastle.

His agent confirmed that Tiote married second wife, Doukrou Laeticia, shortly before the start of  the new Premier League season. The wedding took place in Abidjan.

“I can say that he did get married and that it is his second marriage. This is nothing unusual. He is a Muslim,” his agent Jean Musampa told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

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As a devout Muslim, Tiote is allowed multiple wives although the practice of polygamy has been illegal in his home country since 1964.

Tiote's first wife has reportedly forgiven him for marrying another woman

But Nikki, who lives close to the star’s Ponteland home, was left seething with fury.

She was quoted in UK media reports claiming Tiote had promised to marry her adding she has since ended their three-year affair.

She reportedly told a friend: “He met my mum and said he’s permitted to have several wives. I was comfortable with that. He’s used me like a mop. He’s just a pig.”

Tiote joined Newcastle United in August 2010 for a fee of £3.5m. A year later the Magpies announced that he had signed a new six-and-a-half-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2017.


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