Police Probe Belgian Football Player’ Death in Viet Nam

Police in southern Viet Nam are investigating the death of a Belgian football player who was found in his bed with stab wounds in the chest on April 5, 2006.

Dong Nai Province Stadium (Photo: Dong Nai Newspaper)

The 26-year-old Belgian player of Ugandan origin, Ulinzwenimana Vedaste, had come to try out for the Dong Nai Football Club in the southern province of Dong Nai. A knife and his hand phone were found in the same room. He died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

Club coach Thai Son said the player from Belgium arrived at the club on April 1 and began his probationary period two days later. During the afternoon training session on April 5, he was tired and stopped the session earlier. Then he took a rest.

Coach Son said when he left the field, he was talking to others as usual. His Vietnamese roommate Nguyen Canh Nam also talked to him. At about 4:15 pm, Nam and his Jamaican teammate Nicolas came to check on Vedaste at his room, only to find him in his bed with stab wounds.

Police are investigating whether the wounds were self-inflicted. They have questioned Nam and Nicolas, who found Vedaste wounded. 

Ugandan national Tupin, who was the broker in the deal bringing Vedaste to the Dong Nai Football Club, arrived in the province on April 7 to provide more information about the dead man.  

Source: SGGP – Compiled by Tuong Thuy

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