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Nigeria in serious trouble as CAF doctor dies after 1-1 draw with Ghana

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Nigeria could be in serious trouble with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and world football governing body, FIFA, as a Zambian medical doctor, Joseph Kabungo, slumped and died following fans rampage at the MKO Stadium in Abuja, after a 1-1 draw in the Nigeria-Ghana 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff game on Tuesday.

Kabungo who was CAF’s doping control officer for the Super Eagles and Black Stars game, died after violence erupted at the end of the match.

Though the circumstances surrounding Kabungo’s death are still shrouded in mystery, especially the state of his health prior to the stadium invasion, it is expected that CAF and FIFA will descend heavily on Nigeria with sanctions and fines in the coming days.

Hours after the unfortunate incident, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and officials from CAF have yet to issue statements on the circumstances that led to Kabungo’s death but the Zambia FA has confirmed his death, saying both his family and the Zambian government have been informed.

A Zambian journalist with Supersport, Matimba Nkonje, who confirmed the death of Kabungo on Twitter, said the medical doctor died following the fracas that ensued when the Nigerian fans rioted at the end of the drab match.

Also, a Nigerian journalist with BBC, Osasu Obayiuwana, 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.

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Nigeria’s D’Tigers withdraws from 2025 AfroBasket qualifiers due to lack of funds

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Nigeria’s senior male basketball national team, D’Tigers, have withdrawn from the 2025 FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers dunking off in Tunisia on Friday due to lack of funds.

According to a press release by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), the “painful” withdrawal of the team from the window that could have given Nigeria another opportunity to qualify for the world championship was due to the inability of the Ministry of Sports to provide the federation with the needed funds for the qualifiers.

“In recent times, the female and male national basketball teams have not had the best in preparations for major continental and global championships, due to the perennial lack of funds,” the federation’s statement said.

“However, the financial burdens of ensuring national teams participate in these tournaments have been personally taken up by the President of NBBF, Engr. Musa Kida.

“While Kida, is yet to be refunded the billions of naira he has spent, the participation of the various national teams is in doubt as the federation is unable to raise more funds for the latest national assignment.

“The Ministry of Sports has not been able to come up with needed funds, citing lack of adequate funds to prosecute several other national engagements, including the forthcoming African Games holding in Accra, Ghana in March.

“The board of NBBF appeals to the ever-growing fans and lovers of the game in Nigeria and diaspora to understand the dire situation it found itself in view of the economic challenges faced by the country, even as it promised to redouble its efforts and commitments to the continued growth of the game in Nigeria.”

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Kelvin Kiptum: Autopsy reveals late Marathon record holder died from head injuries

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An autopsy carried out by the Kenyan government has revealed that late world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, died from severe head injuries in a ghastly road accident on February 11.

Kenya’s chief government pathologist, Johanssen Odour, told journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the injuries were consistent with those suffered in motor vehicle accidents.

The 24-year-old rising star died in a car accident alongside his Rwandese coach Gervais Hakizimana in killed in a late-night accident near his home in north-western Kenya.

According to a release by his family, Kiptum will be laid to rest on Friday at his home village, Chepkorio in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, in what is expected to be a state event.

Kiptum rose to fame when he became a world marathon record holder when he set a time of 2:00:35 in the Chicago Marathon in October last year after switching to running the marathon from shorter distance races a year before.

At the London Marathon, he set a record pace and improved his personal best time by 50 seconds to beat the 2:01:09 record set by fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, widely considered the greatest marathoner of all time.

Kiptum broke the course record for the London Marathon, winning the men’s event in the second-fastest marathon in history, crossing the finish line in two hours, one minute and 25 seconds.

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