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COVID-19: Nigerian footballer dies

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NIGERIAN football family has been thrown into mourning as Bendel Insurance goalkeeper, Umar Ahmad Jalingo is reported dead today in Gombe after illness.

  The sad incident happened two days after the keeper was discharged from Federal Teaching Hospital in Gombe where he was on admission doe sometime as COVID-19 could not allow arrangement for his being flown abroad.

  Nigerian club has described his death as an unfortunate one having left behind a wife and four children who are all in Gombe.

  Nigerian National League side Bendel Insurance while announcing the shocking death of Jalingo said, he died in Gombe after a brief illness after being hospitalized at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, where he was treated after serious illness, dismissing any insinuation of Coronavirus related case as cause of his death.

  “Since the National League and football in general in Nigeria have been suspended due to Covid-19, Umar Jalingo had the chance to treat himself at the hospital. He later got better in the hospital in which the doctors who examined him discharged the goalkeeper on Wednesday, May 27, as his family members were happy. Unfortunately, Jalingo died 24 hours later after failure to wake up from his sleep, throwing his family and football fraternities in Nigeria into mourning.”

  According to media release by Bendel Insurance Football Club, through the club’s media officer, Kehinde Osagiede, Umar Jalingo’s death is as a great loss to the club.

  “It is unfortunate that we have lost one of our players, Umar Ahmad Jalingo and the club are in pain and sorrow for the shocking demise as we pray that God should give the family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss,” Osagiede stated. Umar Ahmad Jalingo died at the age of 27 and left behind a wife Hajia Zuleha and four children, all currently living in Gombe State.

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