• Tue Sep 02 2003
  • Akol Player Dies Before Testifying

THE football saga between Express and Villa took a twist yesterday when a witness, Peter Akong, collapsed and died.
Vision Reporter
Journalist @ New vision
THE football saga between Express and Villa took a twist yesterday when a witness, Peter Akong, collapsed and died.
By Norman Katende
THE football saga between Express and Villa took a twist yesterday when a witness, Peter Akong, collapsed and died.

Akong was a goalkeeper with Akol FC, the team which lost to Villa 22-1 at Namboole last Wednesday.

He died at 11:30am at Dr. Vincent Karuhanga’s clinic where he had been taken for treatment after he started vomiting blood. Karuhanga is Villa’s team doctor. Sources said Akong, who is reported to have taken some malaria medication on Sunday, came from Lira to Kampala to give evidence to the probe committee over the controversial Villa-Akol match.

The National Football League Committee is investigating allegations that Villa fixed the match and used non-Akol players in their record 22-1 win.

Dr. Karuhanga said by the time Akong arrived at his clinic, he was half dead.
“They told me that he had received some medical treatment for malaria yesterday but on his way to Kampala, he started vomiting blood. Someone who said he was the team manager called me that he needed some assistance but by the time they arrived, the player was half-dead and was only gasping. I called FUFA and referred them to Mulago for a postmortem since the issue was tricky,” he said.

He said he could not rule out food poisoning. “I cannot rule out food poisoning. The pressure is high. We need a neutral person and that is why the body was sent to Mulago,” he said. Giants Villa and Express are locked in a war of words over match fixing. By press time, the results of the postmortem were not yet known.
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