A Libyan futsal team player Ayman Al-Nagrish reportedly died after being infected with malaria in Nigeria during the 2021 Minifootball Africa Cup of Nations, Independent.ng reports.
A statement by Libya’s Youth and Sports Authority vis Libyan Observer also claimed that no fewer than 16 members of the team including their coach were also infected with malaria.
The victim alleged that the management had told them upon departure to the West African country that it was not necessary to take malaria jabs before they traveled.
They claimed that the advice was offered to them by the National Center for Disease Control as they added that they were lodged in a poor accommodation where they had battled with mosquitoes.
The Libyan Minister of Sports Abdelshafie Al-Juwaifi expressed sadness over the situation and immediately ordered an investigation.
Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah offered condolences to the family of the dead player and vowed to continue probing the incident.
Team Libya was stranded in Nigeria for a while before their Minister of Sports waded in to book them a flight to Egypt then Libya.
The Libyan futsal team played the final match of the tournament and lost 0-1 to Egypt and finished second. Libya’s player Mohammed Khamis won the best player of the tournament award.
Frank Varey drowns in river dee Legit.ng earlier reported that Tyson Fury has paid tribute to 16-year-old Frank Varey who drowned at River Dee in Chesire.
According to police reports, the boxer was trying to cool off from the heatwave when he decided to swim in the river with his friends but was reported missing.
The police went on to conduct a seven-hour search until his body which is yet to be identified was found around 8 pm in the night.
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