Cairo — Republic of Congo international Rudy Ndey was still
in a military hospital in Egypt on Tuesday after suffering a serious spinal
injury while avoiding a tackle by a goalkeeper in an African club game over the
Ndey was in stable condition at Air Force Specialized
Hospital in Cairo after surgery, the Confederation of African Football said in
Ndey was injured in an African Confederation Cup match while
playing for AC Leopards against Egyptian club Zamalek in Cairo on Sunday. Early
in the game, he somersaulted over a tackle by Zamalek goalkeeper Ahmed el
Shennawy and landed heavily on the top of his head.
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After trying to sit up, Ndey slumped back down onto his
back. He was taken from the field on a stretcher.
CAF didn't release details of Ndey's injuries, but Egyptian
media, quoting the doctor who treated him, reported that the 29-year-old
Leopards captain and forward arrived at the hospital with damage to his spinal
cord, breathing difficulties, and bleeding on the brain.
He underwent surgery on Monday, CAF said. Ndey was visited
in the hospital by CAF medical director Boubakary Sidiki and Zamalek players,
while the Egyptian club said it would pay for his treatment.
Dr. Salah Abdel-Khalek reportedly told Egyptian radio that
Ndey was in an intensive care unit and on a ventilator following the surgery.
"He is receiving the necessary medical care," CAF
medical director Sidiki said in the statement without elaborating.
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