Wednesday, August 29, 2007
It seems every day that we open the sports pages, we read of another player succumbing to death.
Today comes news of Zambian striker Chaswe Nsofwa of Israeli second division side Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Nsofwa, 27, collapsed and died during a practice match in the southern desert city on Wednesday, ambulance staff said. He was pronounced dead at Beer Sheva's Soroka Hospital after resuscitation efforts on the pitch failed to revive him.
"We found the player lying on the ground unconscious as his friends tried to help him. He was in a state of clinical death," ambulance worker Carmel Cohen told Israel Radio.
Cohen added that despite efforts which lasted 40 minutes, the player was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Nsofwa, who was part of Zambia's African Cup of Nations squad in 2002, scored two goals for Hapoel in their 3-0 win over Hakoah Amidar/Ramat Gan at the weekend. Last year he helped the 'Chipolopolo' Zambian national team win the Cosafa Cup, scoring one of the goals in the final 2-0 win over Angola.
He's the second young footballer to die this week and the third to collapse while playing or training.
Spanish international wingback Antonio Puerta of Sevilla collapsed during the opening league match of the Spanish season against Getafe on Saturday and died on Tuesday following complications as a result of a heart attack.
On the same day that Puerta died, Leicester City defender Clive Clarke collapsed during the halftime break of his side's Carling Cup match against Nottingham Forest and was rushed to hospital.
The match was abandoned at halftime but the latest diagnosis on the Irish international was that he should make a full recovery.
It's horrible to read about these deaths every day. Let's hope this is the last of it for a very, very long time.
We wish Chaswe Nsofwa's family our condolences and may the player rest in peace.