A 21-year-old Nigerian footballer identified as Ado Hadi was confirmed dead on Sunday in Spain.
Ado Hadi who was contracted to Spain’s Terceira league club, CD Madridejos, was playing against SP Cabanillas at home on Sunday when he suddenly slumped and died.
A statement from the Castilla-La Mancha Football Federation on Sunday disclose that Hadi collapsed “for no obvious cause” in the 39th minute of the game.
Efforts by the medical professionals at the Municipal Toledo ground to revive him failed and Hadi was declared dead shortly afterward.
The statement from the Spanish club reads: “The Castilla-La Mancha Football Federation and Castilian-La Mancha football, with its President Pablo Burillo at the helm, are totally dismayed at such an event. For this reason, the federative body remains at the disposal of CD Madridejos for everything it needs in these difficult times.”
Ado Hadi died at 21 years old and had played in Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) before his sojourn in Spain.
According to transfer outfit Transfermarkt, Hadi who played as a defender, joined the NPFL team, Jigawa Golden Stars, on May 1, 2021. Only nine league appearances were recorded for him before he left Nigeria.
Hadi was one of the four Nigerian players plying their trade at CD Madridejos up to his death.
Club Deportivo Madridjos is a footall club based in Madridejos, Castile-La Mancha in Spain. Founded in 1968, the team playes in Tercera Division Group 18. The club’s home ground is Nuevo Estadio, with a 2,000-seat capacity.