David Faramola Oniya has passed on, after collapsing on the pitch during a friendly match between his Malaysian club T-Team and Kelantan.
The Nigerian defender who was 30, fell down just three minutes into the game in Kota Bharu and was taken to the hospital.
T-Team CEO Syahrizan Mohd Zain claimed the player did not receive medical treatment quick enough.
“He suffered a heart attack but it could have been a different story had the ambulance driver was alert,” he told the New Straits Times.
“The driver was at the stands watching the game when Oniya suddenly collapsed and our defender was deprived of oxygen for several minutes”
Organizers of the match were forced to call it off after 60 minutes, when news filtered in that Oniya had died.
The player only moved to the Malaysian side this season.