A local football player in Lamwo District, Northern Uganda, died Saturday after he was reportedly assaulted by his teammates.
The deceased Churchill Owaci was allegedly assaulted by his teammates after he made an error that led to a goal. The dramatic event occurred last Saturday during a friendly football match between the two local football teams.
At 22 years old, the deceased was a resident of Tumanon A village, Agoro Sub County in Lamwo District. He was playing as a central defender in a match between the two teams all from Poba Parish.
According to the Agoro Sub County chairperson, Mr Denis Onyon, the bitter exchange ensued among the teammates after a goal was scored resulting from Owaci’s defensive blunder. They pounced on him, beating him up before they were separated.
“But later after the game, the deceased in a revenge act pushed one of the people that had earlier beaten him, from the bicycle which provoked another fight. The deceased collapsed a few meters away from the fight scene. And was rushed to Agoro Health Centre III, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.” He said.
Two brothers identified as Joel Okello aged just 19 and Francis Opio have since been apprehended in connection to Owaci’s death. Aswa River Region police spokesperson Jimmy Okema sais that the suspects are currently held at Lamwo central police station pending further probe into the matter.
“Investigations into the matter are ongoing. And the suspects will be transferred to Lamwo Central Police Station from where they will be arraigned in court.” He said.