Nigerian defender David Oniya dies after collapsing during match in Malaysia


The Nigerian defender David Faramola Oniya has died after he collapsed during a friendly match on Saturday between his Malaysian club, T-Team, and Kelantan. He was 30.He collapsed three minutes into the match in Kota Bharu and was taken to hospital. The club’s chief executive, Syahrizan Mohd Zain, claimed Oniya did not receive medical treatment quickly enough.

“He suffered a heart attack but it could have been a different story. Our defender was deprived of oxygen for several minutes.”

Syahrizan said the match was called off after 60 minutes after they were informed by the hospital that Oniya had died. “He was pronounced dead at the hospital about 30 minutes later.” Oniya had only just joined the Malaysian club this season after spells in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.

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