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

A member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Adamawa State passed away while watching the penalty shootouts of the Nigeria vs. South Africa match in the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

This tragic incident follows the reported collapse and death of former House of Representatives member Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, who represented the Ika federal constituency of Delta State while watching the same match.

The deceased corps member, identified as Samuel from Kaduna State, reportedly succumbed just before the final kick securing Nigeria’s victory.

A witness shared the incident on social media, stating, “We lost one Nigerian during our victory celebration over South Africa at our sports viewing center here in Numan.”

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

The NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, Jingi Dennis, who stated that he received the news of Samuel’s passing, added that he was awaiting more details of the incident.

”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.

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