Posted by News Express | 26 May 2014 | 3,675 times
Two fans of Real Madrid died weekend at Lagos Island, following the club’s inability to get an early equaliser against Athletico Madrid.
Identities of the deceased were given as Olusoga Ogunbanjo (39), a refrigerator technician who resided at 23A, Smith Street, off Evan Street, and Bambo Sholeye, (42), said to be a staff of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), who resided at 49/51 Apatira Street, off Olushi Street – both in Lagos Island.
Reports said Sholeye, who went to watch the match in a shop, later stormed out in frustration before the regulation time. He was said to have lamented the failure of the club to equalise the one goal scored by Atiletico Madrid in the first half.
Reports said he sat in front of his house still lamenting, when he slumped. Unfortunately, he did not live to see his expectation come true, as efforts to resuscitate him in a private hospital where he was said to have been rushed to, failed as he was confirmed dead. Real Madrid, however, won the match 4-1. He did not live to see his club lift the Champions League the 10th time.
Ogunbanjo, on his part, was said to have gone to a salon on Okepopo Street, off Olushi, to have his hair cut but decided to watch the match alongside other football fans.
When it seemed apparent that Real Madrid would not equalise, some of his friends were said to have started making jest of the club’s fans, when all of a sudden Soga, as he was popularly called, reportedly slumped.
Owner of the shop where Ogunbanjo slumped, one Danku, explained: “Soga came to have his hair cut. When that was done, he said he would watch the UEFA championship match between Real and Athletico Madrid and when it was 90 minutes and Real Madrid has not leveled up, there was tension among fans that Real Madrid had lost the match.
“A boy sitting beside Soga noticed when he slumped and raised alarm. In fact, he slumped on him. We quickly rushed him to the emergency unit of Island General Hospital, where he was confirmed dead by medical doctors on duty.”
Vanguard newspaper, from which this report was taken, said the remains of Ogunbanjo and Sholeye were buried yesterday morning at a public burial ground on Lagos Island.
•Photo shows Athletico Madrid’s Diego Godin scoring the goal that claimed the life of the two Nigerian fans of Real Madrid during the May 24, 2014 European Champions League final in Lisbon, Portugal.
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