Thursday, June 1, 2023

Dark day for Zambian football as 2012 AFCON winning Doc dies in stampede in Nigeria

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.

The Confederation of African Football’s Doping Officer for the game between Ghana and Nigeria, Dr Joseph Kabungo, has died after violence erupted at the end of the match in Abuja.

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 draw 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.

[Lukman Mumuni/Musonda Chibulu]

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  1. But why😭😭😭😭😭
    What did he do to them to deserve the beating 😭😭😭
    Such cruelty 😭😭😭😭

  2. Very sad news. Sometimes you would want the prison like stadiums to be brought back. You bring in safe stadiums but they become unsafe for sportsmen and other people tasked to manage the game.

  3. Nigerians are just sore loosers why attack a caf official who was neutral…? Accept that ghana is bigger football nation period..!!!

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