Tragic cases of footballers dying stretch back to 1989

Published on June 21, 2017 by admin

30 year-old Cheick Tiote is the latest to pass on while on the pitch last week while playing for his club Beijing Enterprises. In April, Ivorian-born Gabonese international Moise Brou Apanga died while training with his club in Libreville. Notably, Patrick Ekeng collapsed and died on the pitch while playing for Dinamo Bucharest at the age of 26 last year. In 2015, Nigerian David Oniya passed on while featuring for a friendly for his club side in Malaysia, while two years earlier, Sekou Camara passed on in Malaysia. The Malian was just 28. At just the age of 21, Henry Chinonso Ihele-were died while playing for his Romanian club in 2012. Zambian Chaswe Nsofwa was a striker with Hapoel Be-er Sheva who died while training in 2007. The sad case of Marc Vivien Foe shook the world in 2003 at the Confederations Cup and one of the earlier cases happened in 1989, when Samwel Okwa-waraji died during a Super Eagles match in Lagos. Dr Philippe Gradidge is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He’s studied, among other things Biokinetics and Exercise Science the University’s Centre of Exercise, Science & Sports Medicine. He gives an insight on this problem of players collapsing on football pitches.


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