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Trial player at Gateway United FC, Usman Usein has been reported dead.
Usman who left Crown FC hoping to be signed by the Ogun State based team featured in a friendly match for Gateway on Sunday at the Muda Lawal Stadium before he later passed on at night.
Usman slumped after the first half of the friendly against Sliema Wanderers on Sunday afternoon but was revived by medics.
There were however contradicting reports surrounding the player’s death.
In a Statement on Monday morning, the Media officer of Crown FC, TUNJI ALABI announcing the demise referred to Usman as ‘tireless and hardworking.’
He claimed that Usman died in Gateway FC’s camp house.
The statement reads, “With very deep shock, Crown Football Club Ogbomoso, announces the death of one of her tireless and very hard working forwards, Usman Usein, fondly called Eiye.
“He featured in a friendly game with his yet to be signed new club, Gateway United FC, on Sunday 15th November, 2020, where he slumped after the first stanza of the game.
“He recuperated after being attended to by the team medics. He later gave up the ghost at the club camp house in Abeokuta and his remains has been deposited at the morgue.
“The deceased, who also plied his trade with the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3sc) of Ibadan, was a very hardworking, easy going, loyal, very dedicated and God fearing player.
Meanwhile Gateway FC in a release mourning the deceased refuted the claims by Crown FC that Usman died in the Club’s camp.
The release signed by the Media Officer, Moses Ojewumi revealed that the trial player died at State Hospital, Ijaiye.
“Gateway United FC have expressed shock at the demise of a trial player Usman Yusuf who passed on Sunday 14th November, 2020 at State hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta.
“Usman Yusuf who came on trial played the first half in a friendly for Gateway United FC against Sliema Wanderers on Sunday afternoon, during halftime he showed bad signs and Gateway United team doctor attended to him.
“It was later in the night, a call came in from camp that he had suffered a relapse, swiftly he was taken to State Hospital, Ijaiye where he gave up the ghost”, Ojewunmi said.
While Gateway United Coach Akeem Busari ,insisted that ‘he didn’t show any signs of illness when he came for trials and didn’t die at the camp as said by Crown FC, the acting general manager of Gateway United Mr Niyi Soleye has also sent his condolences to Crown FC.
“He came for trails on Thursday 12th Nov. 2020 and partook in a training session with the team on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November, 2020. He didn’t show any signs of illness so he started our friendly against Sliema Wanderers at Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero.
“At half time he showed bad signs and Gateway United team doctor, Ruben Adewale Ogunyeye attended to him on the pitch and he became stable afterwards and even pleaded with them to help talk to me so that I won’t drop him from the team.
“In fact, he wanted to resume play but we insisted that he wasn’t fit to carry on. Around 8:30pm a call came through that he wasn’t feeling fine, instantly he was taken to the state hospital, Ijaye where he was treated and was given injections, afterwards he gave up the ghost. I’m in utter shock,” Busari explained.