Rangers players have been caught up in the Nigeria riots as an official confirmed the death

dr Joseph Kabungo was on duty as a doping officer but died after the game – which was decided by away goals and ended in ugly scenes in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Dugouts were smashed, sponsor plaques leveled and rockets hurled as Abuja’s national stadium was damaged by angry fans who flocked to the pitch throughout the match, prompting police to use tear gas to clear the pitch.

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Shocking footage showed fans smashing seats and climbing the goal frame and nets before the Zambian FA broke the tragic news of the doctor’s death, although no cause has yet been announced.

Andrew Kamanga, President of the Football Association of Zambia said: “We mourn the loss of our CAF/FIFA doctor Dr. Joseph Kabungo, who was on duty as a doping officer at Tuesday’s match between Nigeria and Ghana, and speak to the family of Dr. Our condolences to Kabungo and the football family at large.

“He was a dedicated and well-liked member of our football community and his influence was enormous.

“Dr. Kabungo has been a friend and confidant to many generations of players and families.”

Angry soccer fans break up the players’ bench as violence erupted at the National Stadium in Abuja, following Ghana’s defeat by Nigeria in the World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Ghana March 29, 2022. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

Bassey, Balogun and Aribo were all in the final African qualifying play-offs, where Arsenal’s Thomas Partey opened the scoring for Ghana after 10 minutes, but a penalty for the home side, converted by William Troost Ekong, leveled the score this evening and overall after the goalless first leg. However, it was Otto Addo’s team who represented Africa in Qatar alongside Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia and Cameroon.

The match was Calvin Bassey’s first international start for the Super Eagles after making his debut in the first leg. Aribo celebrated his 17th cap, while Berlin-born Balogun is heading towards his 50th cap.

The Rangers trio are now awaited by Giovanni van Bronckhorst with an Old Firm derby against Celtic at Ibrox in Scotland on Sunday. It will have a big say in the SPFL title race as the reigning champions are just three points separating the leaders at the top of the Cinch Premiership chart.

Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey featured in the play-off second leg for Nigeria (Images: SNS)
Nigeria’s Leon Balogun reacts after Ghana’s win (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

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