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Nigeria vs S/Africa: How politician, corp member lost their lives while watching penalty shootout 


By Taiwo Ibrahim

A member of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, lost his life during the penalty shootout between Nigeria and South Africa at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday, Sportivationng.com reports.
The corps member identified as Samuel, who hailed from Kaduna State, and was serving in Adamawa State slumped and died during the penalty shootout which Nigeria won 4-2.
According to an eyewitness, who posted on social media.
“We lost one Nigerian during our victory celebration over South Africa today at our sports viewing center here in Numan.
“The corps member who is serving in Numan from Kaduna fainted before the kick of the winning goal. He died before they could reach the hospital. May his soul rest in peace.”
The NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, Mr. Jingi Dennis, confirmed Samuel’s death on Thursday morning in a telephone conversation.
The coordinator 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 them that he didn’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.”
Similarly, A former member of the House of Representatives who represented the Ika Federal Constituency of Delta State, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, is dead.
The politician was said to have passed away on Wednesday evening while watching the AFCON semifinals match between Nigeria and South Africa.
A source close to the politician said, “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.”

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