The President of Football Association of Zambia (ZAF), Mr. Andrew Kamanga has joined the rest of the football family in mourning the late Dr Joseph Kabungo,who was a medical officer on duty in Abuja,Nigeria before his death for the second leg of the world cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Ghana.
Mr. Andrew in his reaction to the death of late Dr Joseph Kabungo who was a national of Zambia,said it was too early to dwell into the nitty-gritty of the cause of his death but will wait for the full report from CAF and FIFA.
In a statement released by ZAF on Wednesday morning that reads: “The Football Association of Zambia joins the rest of the football family in mourning the late Dr Joseph Kabungo”.
“Dr Kabungo, a CAF/FIFA medical officer who was on duty in Abuja for the second leg, the final qualifying match between Nigeria and Ghana that ended 1-1.”
“Dr Kabungo was acting as a doping officer for the World Cup qualifier match and was a familiar face in the Zambia footballing setup. He was present at several previous tournaments and also was due to be a part of the medical team in Qatar for the World Cup itself”.
Part of the statements read: “We take note that it is too early to dwell into the nitty-gritty of the cause of his death but will wait for the full report from CAF and FIFA on what exactly transpired. He was a dedicated and widely loved member of our football community and his impact was vast, having also been part of the 2012 Africa Cup-winning team.
Meanwhile,Ghana became the first African country to secure their spot for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, drawing 1-1 in the Abuja National Stadium to progress on away goals. Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey scored the all-important goal for the Black Stars after just 10 minutes, with Watford defender William Troost-Ekong equalising for Nigeria from the penalty spot.
The game transcended into chaos after the full-time whistle sounded as the Nigeria fans stormed the pitch to show their displeasure at failing to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 2006.
However, the demise of Dr Kabungo overshadowed the entire night of football family.
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