Nigeria’s Super Eagles clash with South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the AFCON semi-finals ended in joy for Nigerians. However same cannot be said of the family of a serving member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC), identified as Samuel.
Samuel slumped to death in Adamawa State, while watching the match.
The semi-final tie, which ended 1-1 after extra time, with the Super Eagles winning on penalties, was filled with so much tension.
An eyewitness said the Adamawa State corps member died before the last shootout that progressed Nigeria to the final of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The eyewitness said: “We lost one Nigerian a few minutes ago during our victory celebration over South Africa today at our Sports Viewing Center (SVC) here in Numan.
“The corps member who is serving in Numan from Kaduna fainted before the kick-off of the winning goal.
“He died before they could reach the hospital in Numan, may his soul rest in peace”.
Also, the NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa state, Jingi Dennis, confirmed the youth corps member demise.
According to him, Samuel was pronounced dead by a doctor at the General Hospital in Numan.
“l received the news of his death last night. I hope to have more details today.
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“According to his colleagues who went with him to watch the match, the late corps member told them that he doesn’t 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,” Dennis said.