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Zambian Doctor Kabungo dies on CAF duty in Nigeria, FAZ mourns

Headlines Zambian Doctor Kabungo dies on CAF duty in Nigeria, FAZ mourns

 

FAZ has confirmed the death of Dr Joseph Kabungo who died on duty as a CAF Medical Officer in Nigeria, Abuja for the second leg, final qualifying match between Nigeria and Ghana that ended 1-1.

FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says the country had lost one of the game’s leading lights on the continent and beyond.

“Today we mourn the passing of our CAF/FIFA medical officer Dr Joseph Kabungo who was on duty as a Doping officer in Tuesday’s match involving Nigeria and Ghana, and we extend our sincere condolences to Dr Kabungo’s family and the football family at large,” Kamanga says.

“We take note that it is too early to dwell into the nitty-gritty of the cause of his death but will wait for the full report from CAF and FIFA on what exactly transpired.”

Kamanga adds: “He was a dedicated and widely loved member of our football community and his impact was vast, having also been part of the 2012 Africa Cup winning team. His death is a huge loss as Dr Kabungo was a friend and confidant to many generations of players and their families.”

Dr Kabungo was a permanent fixture at football events including the FIFA Arab Cup in Qatar which is a precursor for the 2022 World Cup. He was also part of the medical team during the Cameroon 2021 (played in 2022) Africa Cup of Nations.

“He was one of the outstanding Zambian football personalities that flew the Zambian flag at global football events. We all have to learn from his example of excellence and celebrate his legacy by breeding more hard working football Zambian administrators,” says Kamanga.

21 COMMENTS

  1. What a terrible loss for his family and Zambia.
    Clearly a hardworking,competent and respected ambassador for our country.
    MHSRIP

  2. This is a very sad development and GRZ must take up this matter with the Nigerian Government. They must explain why they didn’t provide adequate security to the CAF team. Why should a game of football lead to death? Joseph wasn’t the referee. As for hypocrite Andrew Kamanga I’d rather he doesn’t say anything. Joseph was one of the officials that Kamanga purged in quest to rid the National Team with anything connected to King Kalu. Joseph left his career as a medical doctor at Siavonga to be with the Chipolopolo under King Kalu but was unceremoniously removed. Kamanga’s hatred for King Kalu will lead him into trouble one day. He’s again been exposed like it happened during the funeral of George Kasengele who also served under King K

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  3. MHSRIP – Dr. KABUNGO, POPULARY KNOWN AS “ZENGA” A PRODUCT OF “MAFKEN” MUFULIRA TOWN, THE SPORTS CAPITAL
    OF ZAMBIA. MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE KABUNGO FAMILY DURING THIS TRYING MOMENTS.
    I RECALL THE GOOD OLD DAYS AROUND SECTION 8 AND SHINDE STADIUM IN MUFULIRA PLAYING.
    REST IN PEACE

  4. The FAZ President is a hypocrite because Zenga was one of the officials he purged in his quest to rid FAZ of anything connected to King Kalu. His hatred for King K will one day lead him into deep waters. GRZ must take up this matter with their Nigerian counterparts and get to the bottom of this death

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  5. Ayatollah- Please don’t post such outstandish accusations…if Kamanga wanted to get rid of Galu’s people he would have done it a long-time ago. FAZ is an association not a company you run from your “Blackberry” like Galu used to do.

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  6. @6.Ayatolla,
    You just like the article writer and 97% of Zambians, you never finish thinking.
    Ok there was a riot, so what? It’s not automatic that if there is a riot, then any Zambian present dies.
    The fact is that, Joseph was beaten to death by Nigerian idyots.

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  7. A presumably healthy man has died suddenly – it’s only right that people will want to know the cause of death; an important part of mourning. Nitty-gritty, therefore, is not a word I would use in describing an important detail of a tragic death!

  8. Sad development. With many accounts as to what happened, Government should send officers to investigate. The Gov of Zambia owes it to the family/Zambians to know the truth.

  9. Zennia – Kamanga thinks he is a Primary school Headmaster telling the pupils to not mind about such issues of cause of death given the circumstances…in Zambia what is lacking most in associations and companies especially govt ones is customer service and public relations…responses like that just get the likes of ZWD and Diggers very excited to go and investigate their own conclusions by the time these chaps like Kamanga come to react damage has already beeb done.

  10. How can an official not have proper security
    And protection? Nigeria football Association
    Should be taken to task.

  11. Its just a matter of poor communication by reporters and bloggers here. I think @6 is trying to tell us that we need an explanation since there were riots after that game. Could our doctor have been mis identified as a Ghanaian by emotional instant mob avengers fans? That is possible so reporters need to give us more information than they have done. FAZ and CAF must explain what happened. LT use your platform properly. Follow up on this half-baked story

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