AFCON: Corps member dies watching Super Eagles semi-finals penalty shootout


A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member stationed in Adamawa State tragically lost his life during the penalty shootouts of the match between Nigeria and South Africa on Wednesday evening.

The deceased corps member, identified solely as Samuel from Kaduna State, purportedly passed away just before the final decisive kick that secured Nigeria’s victory in the match, according to The Nation.

A witness recounted the event on a social media post.

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.”

Furthermore, Jingi Dennis, the NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, stated on Thursday that the corps member was officially pronounced dead at the General Hospital in Numan.

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.”

Likewise, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of the House of Representatives representing the Ika Federal Constituency of Delta State, reportedly passed away on Wednesday evening while watching the AFCON semi-finals match between Nigeria and South Africa.

A source close to the politician stated, “Cairo Ojougboh, a medical doctor died during the Nigeria vs. South Africa match.

“The incident happened when the penalty was awarded against Nigeria. Dr Ojougboh was said to have shouted and slumped due to massive heart attack when SA scored.”