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By ESPN Staff

Lightning kills 18-y-o Chinese player

SINGAPORE, March 11 (Reuters) - Chinese S-League club Sinchi FC is in mourning after lightning struck and killed their teenage player Jiang Tao during training.

Rescue workers pronounced the 18-year-old dead about 10 minutes after the bolt struck the pitch, local media reported.

'There was a light drizzle, dark skies, but no thunder or lightning. Suddenly, I heard the roar of thunder and then saw a lightning bolt hit the ground behind me,' said coach K. Jamaludeen, who was standing near the player.

'The next thing I knew, the boy had collapsed. There was smoke coming from the field,' he said.

China's Sinchi joined the S-League last year as the first professional Chinese club to compete full-time outside the mainland.

'I was in the middle of the field and had stopped training for a while to give the players instructions,' said Jamaludeen, who was coaching Sinchi for the first time.

Jiang, a defender, had played with the club for two years.

Sudden rain storms and lightning are common in Singapore during the monsoon season from November to March.

Singapore was a fixture in the Malaysian league for years, but a gambling scandal forced it to pull out of that circuit and start its own S-League, modelled on Japan's J-League, in 1996.