In Imo, Arsenal fan slumps, dies as Stoke City beats the club to a goal

From Punch

Yesterday’s match between Arsenal FC and Stoke City FC turned out bad for one family in Imo State, as they reportedly lost their son, Dominic Ejimba, who is an Arsenal fan reportedly slumped and died before he could be rushed to the hospital, after Arsenal conceded a goal in the match that ended in favour of Stoke City.

It was gathered that the incident happened in Anara , Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State on Saturday midway into the second half of the game, as Dominic was watching the encounter at a viewing centre on the Owerri – Okigwe expressway, a PUNCH source said.

    A Liverpool fan , Chuks Amaku , said , “ Dom is dead . He slumped immediately Stoke City scored a goal. Before my uncle , Hezekiah Amaku , could rush him to the hospital , he died .

    “ It was unfortunate because all of us were exchanging jokes. Nobody was sensing any danger . We never knew that death was lurking. He had supported Arsenal for a very long time now . He couldn ’ t had taken that goal very seriously. ”

The deceased ’ s brother, Francis Onwuka , confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Sunday.

    Onwuka said , “Dom is dead . He slumped while watching Arsenal and Stoke City match on Friday and could not make it to the hospital.

    “ It is unfortunate and saddening because he has left a very young wife and three little kids . His demise pains. ”

An Arsenal fan , Barrister Kissinger Ikeokwu , who also confirmed the death , disclosed that Gunners’ fans in the state mourn the painful exit .

Ikeokwu , who described the Dominic as a great fan of the London- based football club said the thoughts of all Arsenal fans in the state were with the family.

The Punch correspondent gathered that the deceased , who was in his early 40s , had supported Arsenal from his childhood.

“ He loved Arsenal passionately. He closed his shop to make sure that he watched his darling club play . He could even deny himself food if his team was beaten, ” another source said.

The late Dominic Ejimba hailed from Umufuku – Umunchi in Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo State.

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