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Nigerian player dies in Sudan during game


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."


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  • 6 March 2010 21:15, by mack waweru

    They drugged him for his refusal to convert.So this is not a surprise to Christians how Sudan deals with such cases. May almighty God rest his soul in peace. Amen

    Mack Awer

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    • 6 March 2010 23:21, by marie

      They have tried to get rid of him many time. I think recently he was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. They have been setting up dirty plans against him. I recently heard over radio Miraya fm, that he is only finishing his contract and would like to leave the country.

      Sudanese players would never develop to a world class football players because of all these nonsenses in the country. I think this incident indicates our backwardness in sports. The player who did the damage should be banned for life from playing again. This would send a strong message to others who would be anticipating such actions.
      However, Sudan is not a place to waste such talents in, no matter how enticing their deal might be. It is just a superstitious society, especially in the north, where Fekis and other mediums are consulted before a match. What a pity...

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      • 7 March 2010 09:38, by mohammed ali

        What a pity!What a morbid,sick mentality.What a disgusting hatered!

        His soul will rest in peace.Millions of True and Peacful loving Sudanea are turning in millions to mourn him.


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        • 7 March 2010 13:09, by mack waweru

          Mohammed Ali,

          You are the scums on this planet and your mentalities bend on wroughting destruction of non muslims as mentioned in your book of hell. This Christian innocent Nigerian got killed in Khartoum as a revenge for the ’Boko Haram’ militants killed last year and clashes in Jos State in January this year between the scums and Christians. Even Genocidal President Bashir of yours was not happy, although the scums were the cause of the riotings which took place.
          Who are haters if we look at our comtemporary history,those who killed 2 millions in the south and 300,000 in Darfur? you are masters of bluffs.

          Mack Awer

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          • 7 March 2010 16:02, by mohammed ali


            I suggest you see a psychiatrist as soon as possible!


            I suggest you have a look at how True Sudanese ,who went in southands crying in the streets , mourning their beloved icon,who loved them sincrely.I suggest you have look at the dictionary; there is a word called love which you need to see.

            I believe that any person who calls name and uses filthy language, speaks only about himself. So..Do not expect me to repeat your words!

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            • 7 March 2010 22:46, by mack waweru

              No, No, No. Mr. Mohammed Ali,
              There is a big difference between you, ’mohammed, and I, "Mack" to talk about love,since you see peculiarly.It is your likes that need to search, not look, for love. You are killers of humanity all over the world. See your indiscriminate bombings and preaching of hatred against other races, even non Arab Muslims are not spared.

              Who are weeping to mourn the victim of his conscience? Only Southern Christians, but the so called Sudanese Arabs are filled with bliss to see a successful Christian died untimely. I saw the footage and the opponent elbowed him intently. Thousands of your makeup or doctored are crying crocodile’s tears.

              I ddon’t know why waste your time here on this forum. Better go for suiide mission in ’Palestine’ and go to sleep with your virgins in paradise.

              Mack Awer

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              • 8 March 2010 16:01, by mohammed ali


                The tv had showed the incidence several times .He bent down twice then collapsed after walking two steps.The autopsy showed there was no evidence of any injury.

                His family was recieve graciuosly at the Airport by the senior administration of Elmerikh foot-ball team.A private jet will take his funeral and family accompanied by the senior adminstration of many foot-ball teams in Khartoum.

                This us , the Jalabba, Arabs, Mandouckrows, you like it or not.The nigerians and other Africans will see and judge.

                You will only suffer from hatered!

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    • 7 March 2010 05:19, by A call for unity

      What type of fool are you, i saw this game live, why are you bringing religion into this how much more ignorant can you be?

      They drugged him for his refusal to convert? is it Jihad or playing football? Idahor is one of the most beloved players in Sudan, you would have seen in it in the eyes of the fans if you where there when it happened, IDIOT. He loved Sudan thats why he declined a lot of offers to play abroad for more money because he loved the country and lived peacefully sharing his life his good times and the bad times with his fellow sudanese friends (of the North) who respected and loved him, something YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DO

      May God rest his soul in peace

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    • 7 March 2010 07:22, by Wed Deng

      great sorrow.

      It is extremely sorrow that the Nigreian player die in sudan, itis totaly great lost to all of us becasues he plays in sudan but not in Nigeria.
      So may our almighty God rest him in peace.

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    • 7 March 2010 18:54, by spanner

      Hello mr. Mack Awer!!!Are you always this stupid or are you making a special effort today?

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      • 8 March 2010 10:07, by mack waweru

        You better keep silent or otherwise you are an Arab moron. I’m not a nincompoop and will never be. You don’t Arab double dealings and hipocrisy. Leave me with Mohammed Ali.

        Mack Awer

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  • 7 March 2010 06:18, by kuminyandi

    Hey Junubien! please respect his soul and do not inject religion into this. Sudan Tribune,don’t be like these northern newspapers that alarm people with bad news without verefication. This player fall down and collapsed and pass out. No body elbowed him as you reported.

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    • 7 March 2010 06:40, by Hillary B.M.L,M

      Wrong! You are Wrong!

      I was watching the Game live, He was hit.

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      • 7 March 2010 10:18, by kuminyandi

        Dear Hillary,

        I was watching the game live too. The footage was not captured by the camera entirely.The image that was captured by the camera, was when he falls forward. So, the footage was inconclusive.

        The TV did not have another camera from different or reverse angle to determine what actually took place. If you can notice, somebody who got hit or elbowed in his chest would fall on his back rather than falling on his face. Also, if you followed the audio from the players inside the field, you would hear that "Almerikh" players were saying that "waga barau" which is translate in english that he has fallen by himself.

        Anyway, we don’t have to jump to conclusion now, let’s wait and see what the medical examine would say. But for now,I ruled out the notion that he got hit by somebody.

        Sudden death of soccer players in the field has become common now. In the last five years alone more that ten players died on the field due to heart failure.

        Amongst most notable players who died recently is Mark foe of Cameroun national team, Antonio Puerta of Seville FC of Spain, Miklos Feher,Benefica FC of Portugal.

        Most of these players died on the field by heart attack while playing soccer;and they all were on their twenties when death occurred while playing professional soccer in Europe. God blesses them all, and let them rest in peace.


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    • 9 March 2010 04:20, by Dengtaath

      If he was not elbowed, why did he died? You need to say he was elbowed but an accidental, that will make sense Mr.kumunyadi.

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      • 9 March 2010 06:31, by kuminyandi


        Did you see the video? Go back to the report and click on the blue VIDEO word, and then draw your conclusion based on what you’ve seen. Also, try to read comments from different people around the world regarding this matter, and then feed me about what you saw. Thanks.


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  • 7 March 2010 09:36, by AAMA

    Everybody in Sudan is soooooooooo sad about this. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends and al merikh. He was a player people loved. Although am bothered by the contiued stupidity of some of the coments here.

    Rest in peace Edahour, Sudan will always miss you.

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  • 7 March 2010 13:26, by Time1

    Very sad news, this was a pure football accident, he must have got injured internally during the game.

    those making stupid comments here are not southerners, southerners are also sad for the death.

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    • 7 March 2010 16:08, by mohammed ali


      They are southerners, and there is nothing wrong with that.Every where there are the good and bad.Just like any other community.But does they represent all southerners , or majority of southerners ? The answer is big NOOOO!

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      • 8 March 2010 01:51, by ojok s. ojok

        Guys, this is not new thing to those called themselves Arab of Sudan. I was watching a Southern woman being stone to death by their court that she refuses to convert into Islam after married the so called black Arab of Sudan. Well Nigeria should learn from that; and why Nigeria associates with the devils in Khartoum who are waiting to go hell. God forbid all Muslims and the so called Arab of Sudan, I ask God to punish them. To the family of beloved victims, I deeply extend my condolences to you, may his soul rest in peace and let those who kill him celebrate his death.

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