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Maradona to remain in hospital for treatment after surgery, says Doctor

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Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona is to remain in hospital for several more days to undergo treatment following surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain, his doctor said Thursday.

“We saw that in the postoperative phase Diego had episodes of confusion,” Leopoldo Luque told reporters.

Therapists treating Maradona had linked the behaviour to withdrawal symptoms and the necessary treatment would last “a few days,” he said.

Luque did not provide details, but Maradona has a long history of drug and alcohol addiction.

Although he has publicly said he no longer uses cocaine, friends and media reports have suggested he remains addicted to alcohol.

At a press conference outside the private clinic in Buenos Aires where surgeons spent 80 minutes removing the clot on Tuesday night, Luque took pains to present an upbeat assessment of the 60-year-old’s overall condition.

“Diego is doing well. The CT scan came out well. We were even dancing. Yes, we danced!” the doctor said.

The doctor said Maradona “agrees” with the diagnosis and would remain in the clinic.

Earlier Thursday, he said doctors were happy with the former player’s condition: “He can walk, talk to me….It’s very early this, but the recovery is excellent.”

World Cup winner Maradona had been taken to hospital in La Plata — where he is the coach of top-flight side Gimnasia y Esgrima — on Monday for a series of tests after feeling unwell.

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A scan revealed the blood clot, and on Tuesday he was transferred to the clinic in a northern neighborhood of the capital.

Fans have flocked to the clinic to leave banners showing the star in his prime and messages of support for the ailing icon.

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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Maradona, who turned 60 on Friday, has suffered ill health before. He has survived two heart attacks, and also contracted hepatitis and underwent gastric bypass surgery.

Prior to falling ill, Maradona had been depressed, his lawyer Matias Morla said on Wednesday.

The famously fast-living icon had only been able to spend half an hour at his own birthday celebration at his team’s training ground on Friday, when he had difficulty walking.

“He was behaving strangely. He was very depressed and spoke about dead relatives that he missed,” said Morla.

He said Maradona was “very worried” about the surgery and praised Luque, adding that “if he hadn’t detected the clot, Maradona’s fate would have been different.”

Luque insisted on Tuesday that the procedure was “a routine operation.”

 

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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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