A CAF official has lost his life following the violence that erupted after the Ghana versus Nigeria game in Abuja.
Dr. Joseph Kabungo was CAF’s Doping Officer for the second leg of the World Cup play-off between the West African rivals.
The Black Stars of Ghana drew 1-1 with the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Moshood Abiola stadium to qualify for the tournament in Qatar.
Dr Joseph Kabungo, a Zambian medical practitioner, is reported to have lost consciousness after he was beaten and stepped on as fans tried to make their way out of the stadium due to stampede.
In a post on Twitter by British-Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana, his death was confirmed after he was rushed to the hospital.
Dr Joseph Kabungo from Zambia was on duty as Doping officer. His family, the Zambia FA and the government of Zambia have been duly informed.
A Ghanaian sports journalist, Collins Atta Poku, who was at the venue gave a vivid account of the sad incident.
They beat him, he fell and they throded on him. He lost consciousness was rushed to an ambulance closer to the Ghana dressing for CPR.
The entire Ghanaian contingent watched on as resuscitation attempts were made with oxygen mask. He was taken to hospital later and now this. Sad,” he replied Osasu’s tweet.
Fracas ensued after the Super Eagles failed to qualify at home with the Black Stars booking passage to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup via the away goals rule following a 1-1 stalemate with both sides having drawn 0-0 in Kumasi.
The former Mufulira Wanderers goalkeeper also once served as Chongwe and Siavonga District Chief Health Medical Officer.
At UNZA his mates fondly called him, “Walter Zenga” after the Italian great goalie.