Qatar World Cup: NFF Apologizes Over Failure Of Super Eagles To Qualify, Explains How Dr. Kabungo Died

Following the Super Eagles of Nigeria loss to the Black Stars of Ghana, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has tendered an unreserved apology to the government, and the teeming Nigerian football fans who turned out enmass to support the team at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja.



Similarly, NFF also regretted the action of football fans who went on rampage, destroying public properties after the loss of the Super Eagles to the Black Stars, in a 1-1 draw, which qualifies the Ghana team for the Qatar 21 World Cup.


The NFF likewise expressed shock over the death of CAF/FIFA Medical Officer, Dr. Joseph Kabungo, who died shortly after the match to suspected cardiac arrest.


According to NFF general secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, “There was nothing the team needed that was lacking. The Government provided necessary support; the NFF put all logistics in place with the active support of the Sports Ministry and Nigerians turned out en masse to support the team. The truth is that we left nothing to chance. It is sad that things turned out the way they did.


“Sport is about winning and losing. Nobody wants to lose but sometimes it happens that way. We were quite sad that despite playing a draw in Kumasi, the Super Eagles could not win here in Abuja. We apologise unreservedly to the government and people of Nigeria for this non-qualification.”


Concerning Dr. Kabungo’s death, Sanusi said,

“We are terribly shocked at this sad development. The NFF commiserates with world football –body FIFA, the Confederation of African Football, the Football Association of Zambia, and the family of Dr. Kabungo on his sudden passing. His death pains us very much and we are in a state of deep shock.

Dr. Joseph Kabungo


“However, it is important to state the facts as they are. According to the information from our own medical officer, Dr. Onimisi Ozi Salami who was appointed by FIFA as Medical Officer for the game, Dr. Kabungo was found gasping for breath near the dressing room of the Ghanaian team. I was notified and ordered that he should be rushed to the hospital. He didn’t make it. He died just as they got to the hospital.”


Dr. Ozi Salami who witnessed the incident that led to the Zambian Doctor Kabungo’s death, further explained that,

“I was heading to the dressing room of the Nigerian team when the General Coordinator, Kabore Hubert Bosilong from South Africa called my attention. Dr. Kabungo suddenly started gasping for breath. The FIFA Security Officer for the match, Mr. Dixon Adol Okello from Uganda also witnessed the incident.


“We tried to resuscitate him there and then, but when this did not appear to be working, we put him in an ambulance and rushed him to Cedar Crest Hospital in Apo, where he gave up the ghost.


“It is a very sad incident and one is shocked that some persons have been putting a terrible slant to the whole thing by saying he was beaten up by fans. That is a lie. He died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest.”

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