A football player was reportedly beaten to death by his own teammates after making a mistake on the pitch.

Churchill Owaci was playing in the Lamwo District League in Uganda when he is said to have made a “defensive blunder”, allowing the opposition to score.
A witness reportedly claims the error was caused by central defender Mr Owaci drinking alcohol the night before the game.

His fellow players immediately attacked him on the field to the point that officials had to pull them off the 22-year-old.

The young footballer was said to have badly injured in the on-field attack, according to Denis Onyon, chairman of the Agoro Sub County in Uganda.

Mr Owaci was reportedly beaten to death by his teammates. Two brothers have been arrested (Image: Getty Images)

When the match was over, Mr Owaci is said to have resumed the brawl with his teammates by pushing one of them off their bikes in an act of revenge.

Mr Onyon said in a statement: “Later after the game, the deceased in a revenge act pushed one of the people that had earlier beaten him, from the bicycle which provoked another fight.

“The deceased collapsed a few metres away from the fight scene and was rushed to Agoro Health Centre III, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.”

Police in the district, based in the north of the African country, more than 450km away from the capital Kamapla, have launched a murder investigation.

Two brothers have been arrested and inquiries continue.

Aswa River Region police spokesman, Jimmy Okema, said the suspects, one of whom is only 19-years-old, are currently being held at Lamwo central police station.

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