Ranty, Ogba fall unconscious after head-on collision

December 19th, 2008 - 12:44 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Four years after Brazilian Cristiano Junior’s on-field death sent shockwaves across the soccer world, there were anxious moments during the Federation Cup semi final here Thursday as two Nigerian players dropped senseless for a moment following a head-on collision.The incident occurred in the 73rd minute of the first pre-summit battle between Dempo Sports Club - for which Junior had turned up in the Federation Cup final on the fatal Dec 5 in 2004 - and Churchill Brothers.

Dempo’s Ranty Martins and Ogba Kalu Nnanna of Churchill Brothers went for a header follwoing a corner kick from Robert Lalthalma and had a head-on collision.

As they collapsed on the Salt Lake stadium ground, there was much panic, and a medical team rushed in. Dcotors were seen resuscitating them and soon, the duo was put in an ambulance and rushed to a nearby hospital.

Both players underwent CT scan and the doctors have declared them out of danger.

Junior had collapsed to death after he scored a goal against Mohun Bagan in the Federation Cup final at Bangalore.

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