ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Adamawa State tragically passed away during the penalty shootout of the match between Nigeria and South Africa on Wednesday evening.
The corps member, identified simply as Samuel from Kaduna State, reportedly collapsed just before the final kick that secured Nigeria’s victory in the match.
According to eyewitnesses at the sports viewing center in Numan, where the incident occurred, Samuel fainted before the decisive penalty kick and died before reaching the hospital.
The post read, “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.”
NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, Jingi Dennis, confirmed the corps member’s death at the General Hospital in Numan.
Dennis explained that Samuel, expressing his discomfort with penalty shootouts, suddenly collapsed and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Dennis said, ”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 shootouts. 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.”
Voiceofnaija.ng had earlier reported a similar unfortunate incident, of how former House of Representatives member Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, from Delta State, who also passed away on Wednesday evening while watching the AFCON semi-finals match between Nigeria and South Africa.
A source close to Ojougboh revealed that he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed when South Africa scored a penalty against Nigeria.