Crown FC Player Collapses, Dies During Friendly Match

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Crown FC Player Collapses, Dies During Friendly Match
Nwolu Obiajulu

Crown Football Club of Ogbomoso, Oyo State player, Usman Yusuf died during a friendly match in Abeokuta, Ogun Sate after collapsing on the pitch.

Reports say Yusuf lined up for Geteway United FC during the first half against Sliema Wanderers.

The death of the player who was claimed to be on trial for Gateway United took place on Sunday afternoon at Muda lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta.

Late Yusuf allegedly collapsed during the match, but he was resuscitated after the intervention of the medics.

He was taken to the State Hospital afterwards where he reportedly died.

Moses Ojewumi, Media officer of the Gateway FC, confirmed the incident on Monday in Abeokuta.

He said, “Usman Yusuf who came on trial played the first half in a friendly for Gateway United FC against Sliema Wanderers on Sunday afternoon, during half-time he showed bad signs and Gateway United team doctor attended to him.

“It was later in the night, a call came in from camp that he had suffered a relapse, swiftly he was taken to State Hospital, Ijaiye where he gave up the ghost.”

According to Ojewumi, the Acting General Manager of Gateway United, Niyi Soleye expressed shock and grief over the unfortunate passing of the player.

Soleye said, “Quite unfortunate, our medical team attended to him on the pitch at half-time and he was stable only for us to get a call that he had suffered a relapse, and we made arrangements and promptly conveyed him to the state hospital, Ijaiye only to hear that he passed on. Still in shock.

“He was an ebullient player with huge potential. May the Almighty give the Crown FC the strength to bear the loss.”

Ojewumi also quoted the Gateway United Coach Akeem Busari as saying the late player “didn’t show any signs of illness when he came for trials and didn’t die at the camp as it was erroneously reported in some quarters.”

This post was written by Nwolu Obiajulu.

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