A Kenyan security guard at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has passed away after falling from the top of the Lusail stadium.
The Supreme Committee said that John Njau Kibue fell on Saturday. He was taken to the hospital and put in intensive care but died on Tuesday, the organizers said in a statement.
“On Saturday 10 December, John Njau Kibue, a security guard at Lusail Stadium, suffered a serious fall while on duty,” the SC said.
“We regret to announce that, despite the efforts of the medical team, he sadly passed away in hospital on Tuesday 13 December after being in the intensive care unit for three days. His next of kin have been informed.
“Qatar’s tournament organisers are investigating the circumstances leading to the fall as a matter of urgency and will provide further information pending the outcome of the investigation.”
The venue will host the final on Sunday between Argentina and France.
Kibue’s family are requesting greater clarity on the circumstances surrounding the fall. “We received news [on Tuesday] morning that he passed on,” Anne Wanjiru, Kibue’s sister, told the Standard newspaper in Nairobi. “We are very heartbroken.”
Kibue is the second migrant worker confirmed as having died while working at the World Cup. Last week, a Filipino national died at the Sealine Resort, the training site for the Saudi Arabia national team. According to reports, he sustained head injuries after falling off a ramp in wet conditions.
Since being named as host of this year’s World Cup, Qatar has come under intense scrutiny over conditions for over two million migrants who work in the country in everything from construction jobs to service industries