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The 8 persons who were electrocuted in Atimbo area of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria were remembered and honour by Manchester United Football Club of England when they engaged Swansea Football Club of Wales in an English premiership clash at old Trafford, Manchester.
To demonstrate their sympathy and love for the victims, Manchester United fondly called “the red devils” played the match with a black memorial armed band in honour of the Calabar Victims. In the match played at a packed old Trafford Stadium. United went ahead just before the half time whistle when Wayne Rooney converted from the penalty spot. However, this was short-lived as Gyfil Sigurdson equalized through a free kick that left the united goalie stranded.
It would be recalled that 8 football fans were electrocuted and killed by a fallen electric pole while they were watching a Europa football match between Manchester United and Anderlecht football club of Belgium.
The news which flooded social media the last two weeks was that the unfortunate incident occurred along Akpandem Street, Atimbo area of Calabar, Cross River State in a popular satellite television viewing centre which is built with corrugated roofing sheets. An eyewitness account related that the genesis of the misfortune was the explosion of the transformer near the viewing centre.
The said transformer is said to have a record of many explosions in the past and had exploded twice before the electric pole was brought down by the impact of the loud noise which then fell on the iron roofing sheets. The live current flowing through the wire shocked the helpless football fans to death.
The news of the shocking death of these football fans had reverberated throughout the world with many soccer loving bodies, institutions, clubs and fans expressing their sympathy and praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased. The world football body FIFA reacted with shock at the news of the tragedy. In its twitter handle the world football body stated”FIFA is deeply saddened by the deaths of several football fans in Calabar and offer our deepest condolences to family and friends of the victims,” the world football body wrote.
Meanwhile, a former Nigeria and Arsenal football legend, Kanu Nwankwo have expressed interest in organizing an All-Star football match to raise money for the victims of the unfortunate incident. The charity match is planned for the month of May at the U J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.