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Nigerian defender dies after collapsing 3 minutes into football match

14.06.2015 04:15 EDT
A Nigerian defender, David Faramola Oniya has been declared dead today, Saturday, June 13 after collapsing on the pitch during a friendly match between his club, T-Team and Kelantan in far away Malaysia. Local media reports say 30-year-old Oniya, who was T-Team captain, collapsed just three minutes into the match in Kota Bharu and was immediately rushed to the hospital. The match was abandoned after 60 minutes when a message was received from the hospital that Oniya had died. The deceased defender had only just joined the Malaysian club this season. Yet another sad news hitting the Nigerian football circle, Oniya is not the first Nigerian to have died abroad in recent times. Bobsam Elejiko died while playing for his club in Belgium about 3 years ago. Like Oniya, Elejiko who was also 30 years old at the time of his death, collapsed and died while playing for his Belgian side, Merksem SC in a fifth-tier game against FC Kaart. Attempts to resuscitate the defender, who previously played for Westerlo and Antwerp among other teams, were unsuccessful and his club, Merksem released a statement after the match was abandoned. Reports say another 16-year old Nigerian footballer, Shetemi Ayetigbo slumped and died 25 minutes into a match late last month. The match was between his team, Belvedere FC and St Kelvin Boys Club in Dublin, Ireland.

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