March 6, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – A Nigerian player was declared dead in Sudan after falling during a league game, eyewitnesses said today.
The 25 years old Nigerian born striker Endurance Edahor who plays for Al-Merreikh team collapsed after an elbow hit in his chest in the 15th minute by a member of Al-Amal team in the penalty area.
Video footage from Sudan TV showed Edahor falling on his head with his body shaking briefly.
Edahor was taken to hospital and his death was confirmed. There are reports that he swallowed his tongue causing a heart attack.
The naturalized Sudanese player was taken off the field in an ambulance after it appeared his situation is more critical than initially thought. There was chaos on the pitch and some players were seen weeping.
The referee canceled the match afterward after consulting with other officials and Al-Merreikh fans started throwing stones.
The game took place in Al-Merreikh stadium in Sudan twin capital city of Omdurman.
Sudan media reported that Edahor’s wife currently in Dubai was notified and his parents in Nigeria.
The Goal.com website reported that the player will undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Endurance Idahor joined El-Merreikh from Nigerian outfits Dolphin in 2006, loaned to Al-Nasser of UAE for one season and since his return he became a key figure in the first team squad scoring over 67 goals, leading the club to their first CAF confederation cup final since 1989.
The striker was extremely popular in Sudan and known for his courteous behavior and his performance on the field.
The club released a brief announcement describing the player as "An example of a professional and committed individual and a symbol of loyalty" and added, "We will assure that justice takes place."