A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps in Adamawa State, identified simply as Samuel, died on Wednesday during the semi-final AFCON game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and South Africa in Ivory Coast.
According to a report by The Nation, Samuel who hailed from Kaduna State died shortly before the final penalty kick scored by Nigeria.
A witness’s post on social media read, “We lost one Nigerian during our victory celebration over South Africa at our sports viewing centre 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.”
Also, the NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, Jingi Dennis, on Thursday, said the corps member was confirmed dead at the General Hospital in Numan.
Dennis 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 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.”