Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

6 October 2012

Tanzania: Mererani Liverpool Fan Dies Awaiting Van Persie's Penalty Kick

A RESIDENT of Songambele Area in Mererani Township in Simanjiro District, Manyara Region died while watching a soccer game in one of the area's local pubs after Manchester United of UK was awarded a penalty while playing against Liverpool.

According to the Arusha Times, the incident occurred on September 23, this year when a crowd of the British Premier League fans was watching the game on a television screen having each paid 500/- entrance fee.

The fan who was identified by the name of Otieno Omundu (32), died seconds before Manchester United player, Van Persie, scored a penalty after a Liverpool player had fouled a Manchester United forward.

Eyewitnesses, Haji Ngokwa and Japhary Matimbwa said Omundu was a great fan of Liverpool and his death was probably caused by a heart attack after realizing that his team would be defeated. They said that Omundu was not a passive fan.

He had been watching the game with vigour and applauding with great enthusiasm but the situation changed during the 81 minute when the result was 1-1. He collapsed when the referee pointed for a spot kick against Liverpool which yielded the second goal in favour of Manchester United.

"Before Van Persie kicked the penalty, Omundu fell down. It wasn't fun any more. He was carried into a vehicle rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead," a friend said. However, close friends declined an allegation that the fan died due to a bet of 100,000/- that he would have to forfeit.

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