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Kota Baru (Malaysia): A Nigerian footballer named David Oniya, died after collapsing on the pitch, during a local friendly in Malaysia.

The defender, playing for second-tier club T-Team FC against Super League side Kelantan, collapsed on Saturday three minutes into the match.

“Oniya was sent to the hospital, and the doctors tried their best to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at 10.05 p.m. local time,” the club’s chief executive, Syahrizan Mohd Zain, was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.

Zain said the manner in which Oniya, 30, died was surprising; since it was a casual match.

“There was no hard running, and it was a slow tempo match. It’s only a friendly game,” Syahrizan said.

“The match was called off in the 60th minute when we received a call from the hospital, that Oniya had died.”

Syahrizan also complained, that the ambulance driver had been slow.

“He suffered a heart attack, but it could have been a different story, had the ambulance driver (been) alert. The driver was at the stands watching the game, when Oniya suddenly collapsed, and our defender was deprived of oxygen for several minutes.” he said. (IANS)

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Venues for South Korea’s Football Friendly Matches Finalised

Football Friendly matches at South Korea's venue finalised

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Football Friendly matches Venues finalised. Flickr
Football Friendly matches Venues finalised. Flickr

South Korea’s football federation, KFA, on Monday confirmed the venues for the upcoming friendly matches of the men’s national team against Costa Rica and Chile at home.

The KFA said the team will take on world No.23 Costa Rica at Goyang Stadium in Goyang, north of Seoul, on September 7 and play against world No.9 Chile in Busan, 450 kilometres southeast of the capital, on September 11.

Friendly matches venues finalised
Friendly matches venues finalised. 

Both matches will kick off at 8 p.m local time, reports Yonhap news agency.

The two friendlies will be world No.57 South Korea’s first two friendly matches after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where they suffered a group stage exit against Germany, Sweden and Mexico.

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South Korea are looking to play the September friendlies under a new coach after  Shin Tae-yong’s contract expired in July. Shin is listed as one of the candidates. (IANS)

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