Former lawmaker, corps member… Nigerians who died while watching football

 Former lawmaker, corps member… Nigerians who died while watching football

In Nigeria, football isn’t just a sport—it’s a way of life, weaving through the fabric of society with passion, excitement, and devotion.

However, amidst the jubilant cheers and intense rivalries that define match days, a somber reality lurks: the tragic loss of Nigerian fans who have met untimely deaths while engrossed in the beautiful game.

Each fallen supporter leaves behind a void in the hearts of their loved ones and the football community at large, a stark reminder of the highs and lows intertwined in our shared love for the sport.

In this story would take you through when and how the incidents happened.

The Calabar incident

In 2017 in Calabar, the Cross River State, Nigeria, when crowd gathered to watch the thrilling Europa League quarter-final between Manchester United and Anderlecht seven fans died with several others injured when electric cable fell on the crowded shack hosting the viewing.

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However, what was meant to be an enjoyable evening turned into a nightmare for the loving fans of football.

The venue’s zinc roof proved to be a conduit for the deadly electricity, resulting in multiple casualties.

Nigeria VS Ghana match 

Also in 2022 Nigeria experienced heartbreak after failing to secure a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup during a match against Ghana which leads to invasion of pitch and destruction of facilities at the stadium.

Following the game, Dr. Joseph Kabungo, the doping officer for the match, suddenly collapsed at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. Despite immediate medical attention, he tragically passed away in the hospital.

It was reported that Dr. Kabungo suffered a cardiac arrest while walking towards the team dressing rooms. CPR was administered, but the doctor could not be saved.

As Nigerians reel from the loss, the government, football associations, and the international football community express their condolences.

2023 AFCON: NYSC Member collapses and died

In Adamawa State, during Nigeria’s exhilarating African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semifinal match against South Africa a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member named Samuel collapsed and passed away while watching the match collapsed and died.

The young man had expressed discomfort with penalty shootouts and unfortunately fainted during the celebration of Nigeria’s victory. Efforts to transport Samuel to the hospital were in vain, and he was declared dead at the scene.

2023 AFCON: former lawmaker passed away

Similarly as Nigerians gathered to support their national team in the AFCON semi final match against South Africa, tragedy struck Delta State when Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of the House of Representatives, suffered a fatal heart attack while watching the match.

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At the moment when South Africa scored a penalty against Nigeria, Dr. Ojougboh shouted and collapsed. Despite immediate efforts to save him, he succumbed to the heart attack.

Despite this devastating events, the love for football continues to thrive within Nigeria.

5 tips to control emotions and BP while watching game

Take deep breaths

Deep breathing can help activate the body’s natural relaxation response, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.

Take slow, deep breaths in through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this for several minutes before, during, and after the game to help calm your emotions and control your blood pressure.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness involves focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Instead of getting caught up in the excitement and stress of the game, try to observe your thoughts and emotions without reacting to them. This can help prevent your emotions from spiraling out of control.

Take breaks

If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with emotions while watching the game, it’s important to take breaks and step away from the situation. Go for a short walk, engage in a calming activity, or distract yourself with something else until you feel more in control of your emotions.

Engage in relaxation techniques

There are various relaxation techniques that can help reduce emotional and physical tension. These include progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, meditation, and yoga. Find a technique that works for you and practice it regularly to help manage your emotions and blood pressure.

Avoid triggers

Identify any specific triggers that tend to evoke strong emotional responses during games. It could be certain calls made by the referee, the actions of certain players, or the overall score.

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If possible, try to avoid these triggers or find ways to mentally prepare yourself beforehand to minimize their impact on your emotions and blood pressure.

Remember, it’s important to prioritize your emotional well-being and not let the outcome of a game negatively impact your overall health.

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