Former Nigeria international Pius Ikedia was rushed to the hospital in Amsterdam on life support after he suffered a death scare during an exhibition game in the Dutch capital, according to the Telegraaf.
The former Ajax Amsterdam winger was featuring in an exhibition game involving ex-Ajax Amsterdam stars to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Haarlo Sports Club, when he collapsed on the pitch.
The medics present at the venue had to make several attempts to resuscitate him before he was rushed to the hospital on life support.
The 36-year old was on the verge of completing the game which in its last minute as the ex-Ajax stars led 7-2, before he was noticed to have slumped by the Haarlo goalkeeper.
His current condition remains unclear, but reports suggest he is responding to treatment.
Ikedia, who represented Nigeria at U20, U23 and senior levels, played at the World Youth Championship in 1999 hosted by Nigeria, and was a member of the Nigerian team to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and also made Nigeria’s squad to the 2002 World Cup.
He has since retired from football and lives in the Dutch capital, having represented other Dutch clubs like Groningen, Roosendaal and AZ Alkmaar.