Nigerian Footballer Dies after Collapsing during a Friendly Match in Ogun


A Nigerian footballer, Usman Yusuf, who is the striker for Crown Football Club in Ogbomoso, Oyo, died after collapsing during a friendly match in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Yusuf, who was on trial at Gateway United FC, played the first half in their friendly against Sliema Wanderers before the occurrence.

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

According to him, “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.”

Ojewumi added that the 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.”
The sad incident reportedly occurred on Sunday afternoon, November 15 at Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta

It was gathered that after he slumped, he was resuscitated after the medics attended to him. The striker was later taken to the State Hospital in Ijaye, where he passed on.