Sierra Leonean goalkeeper Edmond Bangura died Coronavirus

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Sierra Leonean goalkeeper Edmond Bangura died Corona virus

By Sampson Adedeji

An autopsy has revealed that Edmond Bangura, a 22-year-old footballer in Sierra Leone, died of an enlarged heart rather than coronavirus.

Goalkeeper Bangura, who played for FC Johansen, died in the early hours on Friday in a Freetown hospital, BSN Reports

There were concerns he had died of coronavirus as it can severely affect those with underlying health conditions, such as asthma which Bangura suffered from.

“The autopsy has been completed and the player had an enlarged heart due to hypertension,” said club president Isha Johansen, who heads the local FA (SLFA).

Johansen asked the SLFA to conduct an inquiry to determine the exact cause of death, with the autopsy having taken place on Saturday.

“We need to know what exactly took the life of a seemingly-active young footballer up to three-four weeks ago when he was training with his club,” Johansen had told BBC Sport Africa on Friday.

“A close relative of Edmond informed me that our player passed away in hospital and died of asthma and hypertension.

“This is a very sad day for all of us. He was one of our finest and longest-serving players.”

Bangura will be buried on Sunday but with no church ceremony and a maximum of ten people in attendance as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of the virus.

Sierra Leone is currently undergoing a 14-day curfew which bars people from going out between seven in the morning and nine at night in a bid to control the pandemic.

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