Sierra Leonean referee Victor Marah died after collapsing while officiating a community league football match in Freetown on Tuesday.
The incident happened a few minutes before the end of a well-attended match between Kroo Bay and Falcon 12 FC.
Attempts were made to revive the 27-year-old but he was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital.
The exact cause of death is not yet known.
Marah took part in a Confederation of African Football (Caf) referees’ course in Cairo just a few weeks ago.
The course was the latest step in Marah’s career that could have seen him eventually become an internationally recognised match official. Read more