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In what will come across as a really heartbreaking development, a Nigerian referee has died on the pitch.

He died during a friendly football match in Madalla town, Suleja LGA of Niger State after the match was disrupted by heavy rainfall followed by thunder strikes.

The deceased, identified as Mustafa Coach 02, was said to be a member of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), met his tragic death Tuesday evening during the match played in Madalla, Niger State, on the community’s school field.

An eyewitness, Muhammed Musa, told Daily Trust that the match in which Suleja and Madalla youths participated, was on half time break around 5:20 pm when the incident happened.

“It was raining and all the footballers along with their fans were taken refuge inside the school’s classrooms. The referee along with his assistant (line man) rushed back to the field, demanding the players to join them.

“They were only at the centre of the pitch when the thunder struck. Two of them were rushed to a hospital, where Sulaiman was confirmed dead on arrival while his assistant was revived.”

A family member of the deceased, who simply gave his name as Ibrahim, said Ibrahim was buried Wednesday morning in Suleja town where he lived.

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