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DR Congo’s Fabrice N’Sakala, defender ‘doing better’ after collapsing during Turkish league match



Besiktas say defender Fabrice N’Sakala is “doing much better” after collapsing during Saturday’s Turkish Super Lig match with Gaziantep.

N’Sakala, 31, fell to the ground in the 70th minute and was taken to hospital, but the cause is not yet known.

Besiktas said their left-back was conscious, and the decision was precautionary.

The match, in which on-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi made his debut for Besiktas, ended 0-0.

“The Congolese international left-back was taken to the hospital immediately,” his club said in a statement on Sunday. “The early reports have shown that he is in better condition and doing quite well.

“Besiktas have thanked those football lovers who have shown concern.”


The incident comes two months after Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during a Euro 2020 group-stage match against Finland in Copenhagen.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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