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AFCON: NYSC member dies during Nigeria-South Africa penalty shootout in Adamawa state

A member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Adamawa State lost his life during the penalty shootout of the thrilling Nigeria-South Africa match on Wednesday evening.

The deceased, identified as Samuel from Kaduna State, passed away just moments before the decisive kick that secured Nigeria’s victory.

According to an eyewitness account shared on social media, the tragic incident occurred during the celebration at a sports viewing centre in Numan.

Samuel, serving in Numan, reportedly fainted just before the last kick, and despite efforts to rush him to the hospital, he tragically lost his life.

The witness recounted the heartbreaking scene, stating, “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.”

Jingi Dennis, the NYSC Coordinator in Adamawa State, expressed condolences and mentioned that he awaits further details on the incident.

Dennis shared insights from colleagues of the late corps member, stating,

“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.”

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