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Zambia female player dies ahead of Olympics qualifier against Ghana

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Zambia women’s national football team forward, Norin Betani, has reportedly lost her life a few days before Zambia takes on the Black Queens of Ghana on Friday in the Olympic Games qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Indeni Roses Football Club player, who was named in the squad for the game against the Black Queens, reportedly passed away in the early hours of Wednesday.

This sad incident happened at the Chawama Level One Hospital in Lusaka after she suffered sickness and was rushed to the hospital.

According to reports gathered by A1 Radio Sports, the professional footballer was diagnosed with suspected malaria which led to her tragic demise.

A statement issued by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) on Wednesday confirmed the sad incident.

“We regret to announce the death of one of our female players, Norin Betani, who was in the provisional squad for the Ghana match,” the statement signed by FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga said.

“Betani was taken to the nearest hospital to the team camp, which is Kanyama Level One Hospital, and FAZ engaged the family at every stage. The patient was referred to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) on Monday and was under medical care until her demise. FAZ secretariat staff, family members, and her club (Indeni Roses) worked closely during the player’s hospitalization,” it added.

According to the statement, the “player reported to camp whilst unwell and was taken to the hospital for thorough examination on recommendation by team medics”.

The 24-year-old forward scored four goals in the 2023/24 Women’s Super League season.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Pius Asack|Ghana

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