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Footballer collapses on-pitch, dies in friendly against Kelantan

The match in Malaysia had just started when Nigerian defender David Oniya collapsed on the pitch and died suddenly.

He had played just a few minutes of a local friendly on Saturday, reports said.

The 30-year-old captain of Terengganu's T-Team went down about three minutes into the game. He was pronounced dead at hospital around half-an-hour later, the club’s chief executive told The Star Online.

T-Team's Facebook page showed pictures of Oniya being treated on the field and then later transferred to a waiting ambulance. 

 

David Oniya dikejarkan ke hospital, david rebah tiba2. dijangka serangan jantung

Posted by T-Team FC on Saturday, June 13, 2015

 

T-Team chief executive officer​ Syahrizan Mohd Zain said Oniya, who was in his first season with the second-tier T-Team, had barely touched the ball.

The friendly with Super League side Kelantan in Kota Bharu "was a slow tempo match", Syahrizan said. “There was no hard running.

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

Oniya's cause of death is still unclear.

T-Team put up a Facebook post announcing his death of Oniya and extended their condolences to his family and friends.

 

 

MENDIANG DAVID FARAMOLA ONIYA - Kejadian semalam sungguh mengejutkan seluruh dunia dan mereka terlibat. Kehilanganya...

Posted by T-Team FC on Saturday, June 13, 2015

 

It was not the only incident that shocked people that night.

Their defender Faizal Mohamad was rushed to the hospital after suffering a head injury.

The Star Online later reported that his condition was not serious.

Sources: The Star Online, Facebook

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