Dr Kabungo, in charge of doping control for CAF during Nigeria-Ghana (1-1), counting for the qualifications for the 2022 World Cup, was killed in the scenes of violence which broke out at the whistle final Tuesday evening.

By snatching the draw (1-1) on the lawn of Nigeria, the Black Stars of Ghana qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, depriving Nigeria of a participation in the World Cup for only the second time since 1994. but clumsy offensively in Abuja, the Super Eagles will miss the competition for the first time since 2006. An event very badly experienced by their supporters after the meeting. What was supposed to be a moment of joy for Ghanaians has turned into a nightmare.

The meeting was marred by gruesome scenes after the final whistle. Fans invaded the pitch and caused chaos. Home fans rushed onto the lawn in their hundreds, knocking down the benches torn from the ground, while projectiles were thrown at players on both sides. Police tried to contain the angry crowd using tear gas to try to disperse it as the two teams tried to escape through the tunnel. In the most total confusion, an official lost his life.

Cause of death remains unclear

It was confirmed that Dr Kabungo, who was the head of doping control for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the match, lost his life during the evening. The exact circumstances of his death remain unclear. While some media are talking about an attack on his person, a member of CAF told other journalists that the doctor had in fact collapsed on the ground alone, victim of a cardiac arrest. On the spot, the emergency services tried to resuscitate him, in vain. The Zambian is said to have died in hospital.


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“The Football Federation of Zambia joins the rest of the football family in mourning the loss of Dr Joseph Kabungo. CAF/FIFA Medical Officer Dr Kabungo was on duty in Abuja during the Nigeria v Ghana which ended 1-1. We note that it is too early to elaborate on the details of the cause of his death, but we will await the full report from CAF and FIFA on what exactly happened," FAZ chairman Andrew Kamanga said.

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