A doping doctor with the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Joseph Kabungo has died in Abuja after Nigeria played host to Ghana in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday night.
Kabungo was on duty at the game which was played at the Moshood Abiola Stadium.
Some reports say the Zambian doctor died in a hospital after angry fans invaded the pitch following Nigeria’s loss to Ghana. Others say the stampede that killed the doctor occurred before the match.
British-Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana tweeted that the doctor’s death was confirmed after he was rushed to the hospital.
Osasu tweeted, “Sad news: I understand that an official for the @NGSuperEagles vs @GhanaBlackstars match (not a referee or assistant referee) died in #Abuja today.
“His name is Dr Joseph Kabungo from Zambia. He was on duty as Doping officer. He collapsed suddenly and died. Cause of death not confirmed yet. His family, the Zambia FA and the government of Zambia have been duly informed.”
“If the death of #Zambian doctor Dr Joseph Kabungo at the #Abuja stadium was caused by being attacked by the #Nigerian fans who invaded the pitch, after the @NGSuperEagles lost the @FIFAWorldCup ticket to @GhanaBlackstars, @thenff would be in terrible trouble with @FIFAcom,” he added.
Kabungo, according to an alleged report sent to the CAF team by the Game Control Department, “had a cardiac arrest when walking towards the team dressing rooms and collapsed on the floor.
“Both team doctors and other medical personnel administered CPR on him but after a while he was taken to hospital and that’s when the terrible news was confirmed.”
Neither officials of the Nigeria Football Federation nor CAF have confirmed the doctor’s death.