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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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Ghana coach, Otto Addo, resigns after World Cup ouster

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Black Stars of Ghana coach, Otto Addo, has resigned following the team’s World Cup group stage elimination after suffering a 2-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday.

The 47-year-old former international who was named as an interim replacement for sacked Milovan Rajevac in February, before he was given a permanently deal till the end of December, threw in the towel shortly after the team’s failure to progress to the round of 16 at tournament.

Addo who is the talent coach at German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund, in a press conference where he announced his resignation, said:

“I always said if we qualified for the World Cup, I’d resign afterwards, even if we were world champions. My family see our future in Germany.”

Addo who was born in Hamburg, Germany, to Ghanaian parents, was a junior German international before he switched allegiance to the country of his parents.

A no-nonsense defensive midfielder during his playing days, Addo played for the Ghana national team for seven years commencing starting from 1999 his when he made his debut in a 5–0 routing of Eritrea on 28 February 1999.

He went on to play in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and in the 2006 FIFA World Cup where he started the game against the Czech Republic on 17 June 2006 at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne, which Ghana won 2–0.

Ghana was Addo’s first managerial job after several roles at clubs in Germany and Denmark.

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Qatar 2022: Gallant Cameroon crash out of World Cup despite beating Brazil 1-0

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The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon created another football upset when they became the first African team to defeat Brazil at a World Cup tournament after beating the five-times world champions 1-0 in last Group G match at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, on Friday.

However, the gallant Lions crashed out of the World Cup as the win was not enough to earn them a last 16 place after Switzerland defeated Serbia to finish second.

Rigobert Song’s men got a late winner through captain Vincent Aboubakar’s stoppage-time header to earn Cameroon a memorable late win over the Selecao, but the forward was then sent off for taking off his jersey while celebrating the goal.

Cameroon went into the game knowing they needed to beat Brazil to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockouts and they upheld their end of the bargain, but their efforts were thwarted with Switzerland’s win over Serbia which meant Cameroon finished third in the group as Brazil had already qualified as group winners before the crunch tie.

The South Americans held onto top spot in the group due to their superior goal difference over Switzerland, meaning they will face South Korea for a place in the quarter-finals on Monday evening.

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