CAF official dies following post-match chaos in Ghana-Nigeria WCQ game

Dr Joseph Kabungo, a Confederation of African Football official, died as a result of the fans riot that erupted after Ghana edged Nigeria to secure qualification to the 2022 World Cup at Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

The Zambian medical practitioner is said to have lost consciousness after being attacked and trodden on as spectators rushed to flee the stadium owing to the stampede.

He was the CAF’s designated Doping Officer for the tense World Cup playoff tie second leg encounter on Tuesday.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg in Kumasi, Ghana held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in Abuja, with Thomas Partey’s powerful drive proving crucial as Black Stars qualified on the away goals rule.

Fans at the stadium reacted angrily at the outcome, hurling objects at both the small group of visiting fans and the Ghana players.

Local security was reluctant to respond to the violence, which included a pitch invasion, and the Ghana players were left to fend for themselves on their way to the tunnel.

Unfortunately, one person, Kabungo has been confirmed dead, which will most certainly infuriate the Confederation of African Football and FIFA.

If football authorities investigate and determine that he died as a result of the violence, Nigeria might face a stadium ban.

Asaase Radio