Kennis Ebirim, a medical doctor with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, has been confirmed dead after watching Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup match between Nigeria and Argentina, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Nigeria needing a draw to advance to the next round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup lost 2-1 to Argentina with Marcos Rojo scoring a late winner to send the La Albiceleste through.
Ebirim’s family members, colleagues and neighbours confirmed his death to the News Agency of Nigeria at his residence in Owerri.
The deceased was reported to have slumped and was rushed to hospital after Nigeria crashed out of the world football tournament.
Ebirim’s younger brother, Dr Chikere who is a lecturer in the Department of Public Health, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, expressed shock over the development.
“We were together on Sunday with my dad. He used to have cases of heart attack but he was also on medication,” Dr Chikere Ebirim told News Agency of Nigeria.
“This is so shocking because he was sound in health when he left Owerri on Monday morning for Abakaliki where he works.”