The ex-Newcastle boss McClaren paid tribute after the Ivorian, 30, collapsed and died after training on Monday.
His wife in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, is expected to give birth any day, the BBC’s Tamasin Ford reports.
And tributes have continued to pour in for the late football great via social media as his name continues to trend on Twitter across the continent:
Un guerrier , un amoureux du football , un Champion !!!! Que ton âme repose en paix Tioté Cheik Ismael 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/izVFD0l4r7
— Gervinho (@GervinhOfficial) 5 juin 2017
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) 6 juin 2017