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Nigerian footballer collapses and dies during match in Spain

Nigerian youngster Ado Bala Hadi with CD Madridejos in the Spanish Terceira division on Sunday collapsed and died during his side’s home match against SP Cabanillas.

Castilla-La Mancha Football Federation, which announced this in statement on Monday, said Hadi reportedly collapsed “for no apparent reasons” in the 39th minute of the ill-fated match.

Accordingly, medical personnels on the ground at the Municipal Toledo ground immediately came to his aide but efforts to revive him proved abortive as he was later pronounced dead minutes after.

“The Castilla-La Mancha Football Federation and Castilian-La Mancha football, with its President Pablo Burillo at the helm, are totally dismayed at such an event.

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“For this reason, the federative body remains at the disposal of CD Madridejos for everything it needs in these difficult times,” the statement reads.

The 21-year-old Hadi last played in Nigeria with Jigawa Golden Stars, The PUNCH reports.

Until his death, Hadi was one of the four Nigerian players on the books of CD Madridejos including former Nigeria U17 and U20 striker, Kehinde Ayinde.

Club Deportivo Madridejos, which is founded in 1968 is a football club based in Madridejos, Castile-La Mancha in Spain. The team plays in Tercera División Group 18. The club’s home ground is Nuevo Estadio, with a 2,000-seat capacity.

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