A player with the Angels Football Academy, Christopher Edoghogho has died after he
slumped during a football match in Benin City, Edo State.
It was gathered that Edoghogho collapsed on the pitch on Thursday, June 2, two
minutes into the match against BJ Foundation Football Club in the ongoing
His teammates blocked the main entrance of the Edo Specialist Hospital, Benin and
the busy Sapele Road, to protest the alleged ‘attitude’ of medical personnel.
Speaking to journalists, one of his teammates, Okiemute Ovie explained that the
the match was going on smoothly at Edo State School of Health, Dumez Road, when
Edoghogho headed the ball and suddenly slumped on the field.
According to him, when Edoghogho slumped, other players and spectators thought it
was the usual falling on the pitch.
Ovie said once they realized that his condition was critical, they immediately called
the attention of the medical team.
“The game was on when Chris headed the ball to the center cycle and went down
about two minutes after then. We all thought it was one of the normal fallings that do
happen on the pitch. While they were checking, the referee signaled the medical
team and they came in and rushed him away.” he explained.
Ovie said that while they waited anxiously for news of the condition of the player, the
organizers of the tournament urged them to play on.
He said that the teammates refused to play but instead rushed to the hospital to find
out the condition of their colleague.
When they got to the hospital, they met the lifeless body of their colleague right
inside the ambulance.
“We demanded to know what happened to our colleague but nobody was ready to talk
to us. Until now, none of the members of the organizer of the tournament is here. It
is over four hours since the incident happened.” he added.
An official of the ministry, who confirmed the incident, however, promised that the
organizers will brief the press at the appropriate time.