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Goalkeeper dies after accidentally being kicked in head in Bongoville

The collision happened during a championship tournament in Gabon

A goalkeeper has died after being kicked in the head during a championship tournament match in the West African country of Gabon, according to a team official.

Sylvain Azougoui of the AC Bongoville football club had just stopped a shot on goal, but the attacker lost his balance on the wet grass and stepped on the goalkeeper's head.

The team official said the 30-year-old from Benin died on the way to the hospital on Sunday. The official would only speak on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The game against Centre Mberi Sportif was played in Bongoville, about 430 miles (700 kilometers) south of Gabon's capital of Libreville, as part of the country's championship tournament.