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AFCON: Corps member dies watching Nigeria, South Africa penalty shootout


A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Adamawa State died during the AFCON semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa on Wednesday.

According to The Nation, the Corps member simply identified as Samuel from Kaduna passed out during penalty shootout just before the final kick that secured Nigeria’s victory in the game.

“We lost one Nigerian during our victory celebration over South Africa at our sports viewing centre here in Numan.

“The corps member who is serving in Numan from Kaduna State fainted before the kick of the winning goal.

“He died before they could reach the hospital in Numan. May his soul rest in peace.”

Also, Jingi Dennis, the NYSC coordinator in Adamawa State, confirmed the incident,saying the corps member was confirmed dead at the General Hospital in Numan.

”I received the news of his death last night. I hope to have more details today.

“According to his colleagues who went with him to watch the match, the late corps member told the people around him that he did not like watching penalty shootout. He then bowed his head and all of a sudden, he collapsed.

”He was confirmed dead at the General Hospital in Numan by the doctor,” he said.

Also, Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of the House of Representatives who represented the Ika Federal Constituency of Delta State, passed away on Wednesday evening while watching the same football match.