Hoodlums invaded the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja after Nigeria lost on aggregate to Ghana in the second leg of the 2022 World Cup qualifying tie. As soon as the referee declared the match closed, a lot of angry Nigerian fans invaded the stadium complex, destroying the facility as well as causing havoc.
Dr. Joseph Kabungo, one of the CAF’s doping officials for the game between Ghana and Nigeria was caught in the crisis. He was reported to have lost lost consciousness after he was beaten and stepped on as fans try 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.
“Sad news: I understand that an official for the @NGSuperEagles v @GhanaBlackstars match (not a referee or assistant referee) died in #Abuja today.”
“Update: 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,” he added.
A Ghanaian sports journalist, Collins Atta Poku, who was at the venue also gave a vivid account of the sad incident. According to him, Dr. Joseph Kabungo was beaten by the hoodlums making him lose his consciousness and every attempt to revive him failed.
“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.
As at the time of filing this report, neither CAF nor the Nigeria’s Ministry of Youth and Sport have reacted to the incident.