13th December, 2010
The death of Ocean Boys player, Emmanuel Ogoli came as a shock to the NigeriaÂ Football Federation, NFF and the board of Nigeria Premier League, NPL.
Ogoli collapsed on the turf in the 39th minute of the Week 6 NPL game between OceanÂ Boys and Niger Tornadoes at the Samson Siasia Stadium yesterday and subsequentlyÂ gave up the ghost in the ambulance ferrying him to the hospital.
President of the NFF, Aminu Maigari said the death of Ogoli was a rude shock to theÂ football family in Nigeria. He noted that he did not expect such an unfortunateÂ incident to befall Nigerian football which is battling with a myriad of problems.
Chairman of NPL, Davidson Owumi said Ogoliâ€™s death was an unfortunate incident. â€œIÂ learnt that the player had a history of ill health before his death yesterday. Itâ€™sÂ shocking. I must confess, we donâ€™t want such a thingÂ in Nigerian league again,â€ heÂ said.
However, Ocean Boys doctor, Erefa Inengibo disclosed that Ogoli had no healthÂ problems before his tragic death.
Many are attributing the unfortunate incident to undetected heart related issues butÂ Inengibo said rigorous medical tests were carried out on all the registered playersÂ of the club before the start of the current season and that none, including the lateÂ Ogoli, failed the tests.
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