Angry Nigerian supporters stormed the pitch of the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, after the national team failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. On Tuesday March 29,2022.
CAF Doping Officer for the 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Black Stars of Ghana, Dr. Joseph Kabungo, died after angry Nigerian fans violently invaded the football pitch over Nigeria’s disqualification from the World Cup.
Dr. Joseph Kabungo allegedly died as a result of cardiac arrest while attempting to exit the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Tuesday.
The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) confirmed the death of the CAF medical officer, Joseph Kabungo, after the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff match between Nigeria and Ghana on Tuesday.
This was disclosed by the NFF’s General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, during a statement by the federation’s department of communications on Wednesday:
“The NFF commiserates with the world football governing body – FIFA; the Confederation of African Football; the Football Association of Zambia, and the family of Dr Kabungo on his sudden passing.
“His death pains us very much and we are in a state of deep shock,” Sanusi said while giving an account of what happened to Kabungo who was the match’s Doping Control Officer.
”According to the information from our own Medical Officer, Onimisi Salami, who was appointed by FIFA as the game’s medical officer, Kabungo was found gasping for breath near the dressing room of the Ghanaian team,” he added but said as he (Sanusi) was heading to the dressing room of the Nigerian team, the General Coordinator, Kabore Bosilong from South Africa had called his attention to the scene.
“Kabungo suddenly started gasping for breath. The match’s FIFA Security Officer, Dixon Okello from Uganda, also witnessed the incident.
“We tried to resuscitate him there and then, but when this did not appear to be working, we put him in an ambulance and rushed him to Cedar Crest Hospital in Apo, where he gave up the ghost.
“It is a very sad incident and one is shocked that some persons have been putting a terrible slant to the whole thing by saying he was beaten up by fans. That is a lie.
“He died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest,” the NFF official said.
The Irate fans resorted to vandalisation after the Black Stars of Ghana ended Nigeria’s dream of becoming the first African country to qualify for four consecutive World Cups.
Meanwhile, some NFF officials, the medical team and officials of the High Commission of Zambia held a meeting on Wednesday morning. The focus of the meeting was the next line of action following Kabungo’s demise.