Fabrice Muamba incident should be a lesson to Ugandan Football fraternity

As the world of fooball is united in praying for Bolton Star Fabrice Muamba who collapsed unchallenged in the abandoned F.A Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspurs, the soccer fraternity in Uganda must pick a few lessons from the incident.

The rapid treatment many of you saw that was availed to Muamba at White Hart Lane is a result of changes brought in following a serious head injury to Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in 2006 with Paramedics and an ambulance now on hand at matches in England.

The English saw it and made changes but its the opposite in Ugandan football. In all such incidents, i think we must pick lessons and be on hand to provide help in case such a tragedy happens in Uganda. It amuses me that even super league clubs have no trained medical personel amongst their staff.

This is saddening given that football is played by human beings. Imagine such a tragedy occurring to one of our players. Do we have the ability to save his life like its happening to Muamba now? God forbid.

Secondly, its on rare occasions that i see an ambulance at soccer matches. You wonder how a player can be transported to hospital say Mulago, Kibuli, Rubaga or Nsambya in case there is such a fatal occurrence to him on the pitch!

Last week’s players’ strike should be a wake up call to administrators that players’ really need to be given due respect since they are the most important stakeholders in the game. A match was abandoned in the wake of Muamba’s collapse and also the next game involving Bolton (against Aston Villa) suspended.

That alone shows how much a player is important in the game of football. The world’s reaction to the incident must also be a great indicator of the importance attached to the man who offers 90 minutes of his life once, twice or thrice a week for the good of the game.

In conclusion, Club administrators and FUFA must ensure that each soccer team has a qualified medical team and an ambulance at matches on hand. Lastly, lets continue to pray for the life of our dear brother Fabrice Ndala Muamba. At Kawowo sports, our thoughts with you Muamba, family, friends and the World of soccer. Get well soon.

CASES OF CARDIAC ARREST IN FOOTBALL:

1. Marc Vivian Foe collapsed on the pitch during a semi final match against Colombia in the Confederation Cup in 2003 but later died in hospital.

2. Clive Clarke collapsed at half time in 2007 while playing for Leicester against Nottingham Forest. He fully recovered but never played football again.

3. Khalilou Fadiga collapsed on the pitch before a Carling Cup tie against Spurs. He returned to training after 11 days after under going surgery to treat a heart problem that required an automatic defibrillator to be implanted and later returned to action.

4. Fabrice Ndala Muamba collapsed unchallenged over the weekend in the 41st minute with Spurs taking on Bolton in F.A Cup.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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