Joseph Kabungo, a doctor working for the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has slumped and died in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Kabungo was the doping officer for the Super Eagles’ match against Ghana in the second leg of the 2022 World Cup playoffs.
The Zambian is believed to have died shortly after the match on Tuesday.
BBC journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana, tweeted: “Sad news: I understand that an official for the @NGSuperEagles vs @GhanaBlackstars match (not a referee or assistant referee) died in #Abuja today.
“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.
“If the death of #Zambian doctor Dr Joseph Kabungo at the #Abuja stadium was caused by being attacked by the #Nigerian fans who invaded the pitch, after the @NGSuperEagles lost the @FIFAWorldCup ticket to @GhanaBlackstars, @thenff would be in terrible trouble with @FIFAcom.”
Neither officials of the Nigeria Football Federation nor CAF have confirmed the doctor’s death. But Kabungo’s family, the Zambia FA and the Government of Zambia has been informed.