Zambian Medical Doctor Dies In Nigeria Football Fracas
Zambian physician Dr Joseph Kabungo has died in Abuja, Nigeria after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest when unruly Nigerians stormed the the Mooshood Abiola Stadium.
The voilent Nigerians vented their frustrations on players, officials and property after failing to qualify to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Dr. Kabungo, a FIFA Medical Committee member, was at the match Nigeria as Doping Officer.
Ghana edged Nigeria with a 1-all draw after the two sides settled for a goalless match in their first leg at the weekend.
Ghana’s GTV has confirmed the death of Dr. Kabungo. The report indicates that the former Mufulira Wanderers goalkeeper collapsed suddenly and died during the encroachment by the Nigerian fans.
Nigerian fans stormed the pitch while others pelted objects in the direction of Ghanaian players, officials and their own stars.
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It was a bizarre scene captured on video that prompted police to disperse them with teargas.
Dr. Kabungo joined Chipolopolo ranks while working at Siavonga District Hospital in 2003. He worked with Chipolopolo under Kalusha Bwalya as coach from 2003.
He carried on his duties through to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations where he won the title under Herve Renard.
The Mufulira native was the longest serving national team doctor. He was later co-opted into the CAF medical committee before he was nominated to sit on the FIFA Medical Committee.
A former goalkeeper for Mufulira Wanderers who played with the likes of Efford Chabala and Kalusha, Dr. Kabungo was commonly referred to as Zenga among his peers. That moniker came during his playing exploits when his colleagues at Wanderers nicknamed him after Italian goalkeeper Walter Zenga Cavaliere OMRI.
Until his death Dr. Kabungo was also head of the Chongwe Health Centre.
Source: Bolla Zambia