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Argentine football idol, Maradona to undergo brain surgery

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Argentine football great Diego Maradona will undergo brain surgery for a blood clot in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, his personal doctor said.

“I will operate on him. It’s a routine operation, he’s lucid,” said Leopoldo Luque.

World Cup winner Maradona, 60, was taken to hospital on Monday for a series of tests after feeling unwell.

A scan revealed the blood clot, which Argentine media are speculating was the result of a blow to the head.

Earlier in the day, Luque claimed Maradona was feeling “much better and eager to leave” hospital but insisted that the Gimnasia Y Esgrima coach was suffering from anemia — a lack of iron in his system — and dehydration.

Luque said it has left him feeling “very weak, very tired.” After further tests, he was diagnosed with a blood clot.

He is due to be transferred from a hospital in La Plata, 60 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, to a specialist clinic in the capital.

Luque had earlier suggested Maradona’s lifestyle had contributed to his condition.

“He’s an elderly patient with many pressures in his life. It’s a time when we must help him. It’s very difficult to be Maradona,” Luque said of the star, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday.

The doctor ruled out any link to the coronavirus pandemic, which is ravaging the South American country, much of it still under confinement.

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Maradona, who has a history of drug and alcohol abuse and poor health, is considered at high risk of coronavirus complications should he be infected.

Last week he began self-isolation for the second time after a bodyguard displayed coronavirus symptoms, though he later tested negative.

He joined his players briefly at the club’s training ground on his birthday but had obvious difficulty walking and had to be helped away by his assistants after staying only 30 minutes.

“It breaks my heart to see him like this,” one of his daughters, Giannina, tweeted the next day.

He has suffered two heart attacks in the past and contracted hepatitis.

He has difficulty retaining iron due to a gastric bypass surgery he underwent in 2005 to lose 50 kilograms, leaving him prone to anemia, Luque said.

Though he has recovered from a well-documented addiction to hard drugs, Maradona takes medication in the form of tranquilizers and anxiolytics.

“With a patient on medication, there are times when hospitalization serves to adjust that medication. That’s good,” said Luque.

Gimnasia fans flocked to the La Plata clinic to leave messages of support for the ailing icon.

“What he needs most is the support of the people,” Luque said.

Alongside Brazil’s Pele, who turned 80 last month, Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

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Oyo SWAN Mourns Ex-3SC Boss

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter on Monday  commiserated with the management of Shooting Stars Sports Club, Ibadan over the death of its former Chairman, Alhaji Gbolagade Busari who passed on at the age of 61.

Busari, popularly known as Busso during his life time, died on Monday at the University College Hospital Ibadan where he had been receiving treatment following a brief illness.

In a condolence message signed the Association’s Chairman, Niyi Alebiosu and Secretary, Adewale Tijani, Oyo SWAN described the death of Busso as a monumental loss to not only 3SC but also to sports fraternity, Journalism profession and the Political Class.

“The death of Busso is shocking. We will miss him because of his statemanship”, Oyo SWAN lamented .

The statement also recalled that late Busari was a bridge builder who strived to ensure that peace reign among sports writers in the state.

“We can’t forget the role Late Busso played in resolving the dispute among sports writers in Oyo State. He also toiled to return 3SC’s to its former prestigious place”, Oyo SWAN noted.

The Association condoled with the family of the late Politician, and prayed that God give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Late Busari was the Chairman of 3SC during the tenure of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

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Before delving into politics, late Busari was a sports journalist with the defunct Sketch Newspaper.

He rose to the position of Chief Editor before relocating to the U.S, from where he returned to join politics and subsequently became 3SC Chairman.

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PHOTOS: Ex 3SC Chairman, Busari buried in Ibadan

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The remains of the immediate past Executive Chairman of the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Alhaji Gbolagade Busari have been committed to mother earth.

The former  sports journalist’s body was interred on Monday evening at Orogun area in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.

The interrement was witnessed by friends and associates of the late 3SC boss.

The Oluyole Warriors were well represented at the event by their officials and players.

Team Manager of the club, Dineji Lawal, led the officials which included Chief coach, Edith Agoye, assistant coach, Yinka Popoola, and Team Coordinator Adu Akintominiyi.

3SC skipper, Waheed Omololu, Fatai Gbadamosi, Olawale Mutiu, Awujoola Sadiq and Oripelaye Taiwo, represented the players.

The erstwhile Shooting Stars chairman, died in the early hours of Monday morning at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

 

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Argentine football ‘lord’, Maradona is dead

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Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 60.

Maradona’s spokesman confirmed the tragic story on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that the Gimnasia coach had been hospitalised at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue. 

Tests at the La Plata clinic revealed a blood clot on the brain, which doctors later revealed was operated on successfully. 

Maradona was subsequently released from hospital as an outpatient to continue his convalescence, which he carried out in his dwelling in a private neighbourhood near Tigre, northern Buenos Aires. 

Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning he suffered cardiac arrest, and paramedics at the scene failed to revive him. 

Details later…

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