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Corps Member Dies While Watching Super Eagles AFCON Semi-Finals Penalty Shootout



Tragedy struck at a sports viewing center in Numan, Adamawa State, as a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, identified only as Samuel from Kaduna State, reportedly passed away during the penalty shootouts of the Nigeria-South Africa match on Wednesday evening.


According to reports from The Nation, Samuel, serving in Numan, Kaduna State, fainted just before the decisive kick that secured Nigeria's victory in the match.


A witness shared the heartbreaking 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. 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 tragic news, stating that Samuel was pronounced dead at the General Hospital in Numan.


Dennis commented, "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."


In a separate incident, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of the House of Representatives from Delta State, also passed away on Wednesday evening while watching the AFCON semi-finals match between Nigeria and South Africa. Reports suggest that he suffered a massive heart attack when South Africa scored a penalty against Nigeria.

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