Seriously injured Congolese in Cairo hospital

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Congolese footballer Rudy Guelord Bhebey-Ndey, pictured on October 6, 2012 is in intensive care in a Cairo military hospital after suffering serious injuries in a weekend pan-African club competition match (AFP Photo/Fadel Senna)

Congolese footballer Rudy Guelord Bhebey-Ndey, pictured on October 6, 2012 is in intensive care in a Cairo military hospital after suffering serious injuries in a weekend pan-African club competition match

Congolese footballer Rudy Guelord Bhebey-Ndey, pictured on October 6, 2012 is in intensive care in a Cairo military hospital after suffering serious injuries in a weekend pan-African club competition match (AFP Photo/Fadel Senna)

Johannesburg (AFP) - Congolese footballer Rudy Guelord Bhebey-Ndey is in intensive care in a Cairo military hospital after suffering serious injuries in a weekend pan-African club competition match.

"He was in a very bad condition when he arrived," neurosurgeon Salah Abdel-Khalek told an Egyptian radio station Monday.

"The footballer had serious damage to his spinal column between the fifth and sixth vertebrae, a blow to the spinal cord, breathing difficulties and brain bleeding, but the surgery was successful.

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"He will remain in intensive care for two days, where he is currently using a ventilator," the surgeon added.

Bhebey-Ndey, a 25-year-old striker from the AC Leopards club, was injured when tackled by the goalkeeper of Egyptian club Zamalek during a CAF Confederation Cup game.

An official from Zamalek, who won the group-stage match 2-0 in Cairo, said his club would pay the medical expenses.

Competition organisers, the Confederation of African Football said in a statement: "CAF wishes a speedy recovery for Rudy Ndey after his injury against Zamalek."

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