World Cup security guard dies after ‘fall’ while on duty at the Lusail Stadium


A Kenyan security guard who reportedly collapsed while on duty at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium has died in hospital, his family and officials have confirmed to CNN.

His employer had notified the migrant worker’s family on Saturday that 24-year-old John Njue Kibue had fallen from the 8th floor of the stadium while on duty, his sister Anna Wanjiru said.

“We don’t have the money to bring him justice, but we want to know what happened,” she told CNN.

A medical report obtained by CNN shows he was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Doha’s Hamad General Hospital. The document said Njue had “severe head trauma, facial fractures and pelvic fractures.”

In a statement, World Cup organizers – the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy – announced Kibue’s death.

“We regret to announce that, despite the best efforts of his medical team, he sadly passed away in hospital on Tuesday 13 December after a three-day stay in intensive care,” the statement said.

“His next of kin have been informed. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends at this difficult time.

John Njua at Kibue Lusail Stadium.

Earlier this week, the committee said Kibue suffered a serious fall while on duty.

“The organizers of the Qatar tournament are urgently investigating the circumstances that led to the fall and will provide further information pending the outcome of the investigation,” it said in a statement.

“We will also ensure that his family receives all outstanding fees and monies.”

He had been unconscious since Saturday and connected to a machine to help him breathe, according to his medical records. A family member was notified of his death on Monday morning.

But the guard’s family says his Qatari employer, Al Sraiya Security Services, has not explained how he fell or any of the circumstances of his death.

“We want justice. We want to know what caused his death. They never sent us a picture to show where he fell from or gave us any other information,” his sister Wanjiru told CNN.

CNN has reached out to Al Sraiya security for comment following the guard’s death and has not yet heard back.

In a statement to CNN, the Kenyan embassy in Qatar said it was aware of the matter and was “conducting the necessary consular assistance pending an official notification from the Qatari Supreme Committee and competent authorities.”

The security guard’s family says he moved to Qatar last November to take up a contract with Al Sraiya Security Services.

A WhatsApp message seen by CNN was sent to his colleagues at other World Cup stadiums asking for input.

“He came here to support his family back home, but due to bad luck, his dreams ended today,” it read in part. “Let’s do something for our beloved comrade.”

He is the second migrant worker to be reported dead since the tournament began in the Gulf nation, after another was reported to have died in an accident at a resort used by Saudi Arabia during the group stages.


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