In a somber turn of events, a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Adamawa State, identified only as Samuel from Kaduna State, reportedly met his untimely demise during the penalty shootouts of the match between Nigeria and South Africa on Wednesday evening.
According to reports from The Nation, Samuel tragically passed away just moments before the final decisive kick that secured Nigeria’s victory in the match.
Eyewitnesses recounted the unfortunate incident on social media, with one witness stating, “We lost one Nigerian during our victory celebration over South Africa at our sports viewing centre here in Numan.”
The corps member, serving in Numan from Kaduna State, reportedly fainted just before the winning goal was scored and succumbed to his condition before reaching the hospital. May his soul rest in peace.
Confirming the incident, NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, Jingi Dennis, revealed that the corps member was pronounced dead at the General Hospital in Numan.
Dennis stated, “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 expressed his discomfort with watching penalty shootouts before collapsing suddenly.”
Similarly, another tragic incident occurred during the same match when a former member of the House of Representatives representing the Ika Federal Constituency of Delta State, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, passed away.
Sources close to the politician disclosed that Dr. Ojougboh, a medical doctor, suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed while watching the AFCON semi-finals match between Nigeria and South Africa.
The heartbreaking incident reportedly happened when a penalty was awarded against Nigeria, leading to Dr. Ojougboh shouting in distress before succumbing to the heart attack.