Young Footballer Slumps and Dies in Kogi


Death reared its ugly head once again in the Nigerian football space as a young footballer, Segun Idowu, who played for Barnet FC, slumped and died during the Kogi FA Chairman’s Cup in Lokoja, at the Confluence Stadium, on 27th January 2023.

The Chairman of the Kogi State FA, Alhaji Suleiman Umar confirmed the incident, and released a statement addressing the situation.

It read:

“We were shocked this (Friday) morning when we received with heavy hearts the news that Segun, a footballer with Barnet FC, Lokoja who slumped and fell on the field after a collision with his teammate, has passed away.”

“We were on the field when the collision happened. He was revived and quickly rushed to the hospital. Report coming from the hospital says he was doing fine and we kept praying all along that God almighty should intervene, only to get the sad news that he had given up the ghost.”

“The entire football family in Lokoja is absolutely sad by the death of the promising talent. It was a simple case of a collision on the field but Segun has to pass through that path to return to his creator.”

“May God repose his soul and comfort his immediate and extended family during this trying period and we pray not to witness such a moment again.”


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