September 27, 2021

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Super Eagles’ Kalu doing fine after collapsing during club match

Samuel Kalu

Bordeaux and Super Eagles striker Samuel Kalu

By Olawale Alabi

Bordeaux and Super Eagles striker Samuel Kalu who collapsed on the pitch on Sunday has been doing fine, club teammate Remy Oudin said on Monday.

Kalu went down during the French clubside’s 2-2 draw against hosts Marseille in a 2021/2022 French Ligue 1 fixture at the Stade Velodrome.

The 23-year-old received immediate medical attention after falling to the ground in the sixth minute, with players from both teams forming a wall around him as he was being attended to.

He then walked off the pitch minutes later holding an ice pack against his head.

Kalu resumed playing after getting treatment but was substituted for Oudin in the 14th minute after he appeared dazed.

“It gave us a bit of a chill and it’s still quite shocking,” Oudin, who scored Bordeaux’s equaliser as they fought back from two goals down to earn a draw, said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Kalu also collapsed from severe dehydration during a Super Eagles’ training session at the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Oudin had told reporters on Sunday that the doctor had said it was just a dizzy spell.

But on Monday, he said: “We’re happy for Kalu, everything is fine and that’s the most important thing.”

The player added that the incident did bring scary moments to him and his teammates. “We inevitably thought about what happened with Eriksen. The whole team and everyone was scared.”

Former Tottenham playmaker and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed in June when he suffered a cardiac arrest in the first half of their Euro 2020 match against Finland. (NAN)

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