It is indeed a sad day for Nigeria and indeed the football community in general as Ekundayo Ebenezer Mawoyeka a 23-year old footballer has died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match, yesterday, in Turkey.
The player who plays for Sarayköyspor in the striking position, collapsed in the 35th minute of the league match against Yeşilköyspor at the Servergazi Stadium. He was immediately rushed to the Servergazi State Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Reacting to the news, the Denizli Amateur Sports Clubs Federation President, Feyyaz Ceşen, who wore Mawoyeka’s jersey, expressed deep sadness at the death of the player.
The match subsequently postponed and a later time will be fixed for the replay.
The most common cause of death of footballers while playing is Sudden Cardiac Death. This can be caused by pre-existing heart conditions which were not detected, Myocardial Infarction( reduced blood flow to heart muscles) and Severe Chest trauma. This could be as a result of physical collision during the match.
Footballer deaths are rare nowadays due to intensive health checks and improved medical response on and off the pitch. But even with all these advancements in sports medicine, there are still casualties that still happen.
So far in 2018, professional association football has lost 4 players. 25-year old Bruno Boban died on the 24th of March. 21-year old Layunda Ntshangase died on the 4th of May, while 31-year old Ramon Neto Da Costa died on the 6th of October.