A bad evening got worse for Nigeria as a CAF official for Nigeria vs Ghana match reportedly slumped and died in the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ticket in a hard-fought stalemate with the Black Stars as the latter qualified by away goal.
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After the pitch invasion by irate fans and the subsequent attacks on Nigeria football officials, it was revealed that the doping officer for the game, Joseph Kabungo from Zambia, suddenly collapsed and died.
The cause of death is yet to be ascertained and there has been no official statement from the NFF.
After the referee blew the final whistle, irate fans invaded the pitch leading to a breakdown of security at the stadium. It is unclear at this time if the incident is related to the tragedy involving Mr Kabungo.
Nigerian sports journalist, Osazu Obayuwana, who posted the news of the incident on Twitter Tuesday night, said “Dr Kabungo collapsed suddenly and died. Cause of death not confirmed yet. His family, the Zambia FA and the government of Zambia have been duly informed.”
Mr Obayuwana added that “If the death of the Zambian was caused by the invasion of the pitch by fans, the Nigerian Football Federation would be in trouble with FIFA.”